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Bill Belichick on DHK: Chris Hogan is one of our best players

Ryan Hannable
August 28, 2017 - 4:25 pm

Patriots coach Bill Belichick joined Dale, Holley & Keefe with Christian Arcand and Andy Hart filling in on Monday where they looked back at the events of the weekend, looked ahead to the preseason finale and regular-season opener. For the complete interview, visit the Dale & Holley with Keefe audio on demand page.

With Julian Edelman out for the season with a torn ACL, one of the players who will be asked to step up is Chris Hogan. Even with players like Tom Brady, Brandin Cooks, Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler and Dont'a Hightower on the roster, Belichick praised Hogan, calling him one of the best players on the team.

“Chris has done a good job for us," he said. "I thought he did a good job last year. He’s built on that with the year of experience. He’s one of our best players. Again, another hard-working guy that is tough and has been very dependable for us.”

A major reason why he's so good is his chemistry with Brady, even after just a year.

“There’s no question the quarterback needs to trust the guy he is throwing to and when the ball leaves his hand he needs to know where that player is going to be and how quickly he’s going to get there and at what angle he is going to get there at and so forth," Belichick said. "That is important for a quarterback. You need to trust the guy you’re throwing the ball to that he’s going to be in the right spot and do the right thing, or if it is going to give you some hesitation on throwing it to him, or he is probably going to throw it to somebody else or not at all.”

On Saturday, the team cut defensive end Kony Ealy. Belichick said it was best for both sides as it gave him a chance to catch on to another team before the preseason is over, which he did by signing with the Jets on Sunday.

“Well, this has been a long camp through the spring, through training camp, three preseason games, we just felt at this point that we were going to go with some other people on our roster and let them compete," he said. "Felt it would be fairest to Kony to give him an opportunity while there is still a little bit left in preseason to find a team that might give him a better opportunity. I think it was the right thing to do for him and the right thing to do for us, so that is why we did it.”