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Bill Belichick scoffs at question surrounding Chris Hogan's recent production

Ryan Hannable
November 19, 2018 - 2:21 pm

One of the major topics with the Patriots offense of late as been the lack of production from wide receiver Chris Hogan.

Despite getting some of the most snaps of any offensive player, Hogan has just two catches on six targets the last three games. Hogan did appear to be open on several plays last week against the Titans, but Tom Brady didn't throw his way.

On a conference call Monday, Bill Belichick didn't really want to look into the lack of production saying it happens almost every week with a certain player.

"It's the same thing every week," he said. "Each week we pick out a player that doesn't have as many carries or targets or whatever, and then ask about that. As I said, in the passing game passes aren't designed to go to one person. It's a team route based on the coverage and the matchups. Tom [Brady] goes to where he feels is the best place to go in the coverage. I don't really see that changing. I think Tom does a good job with that. That could easily change in a hurry if the coverage is different on the same play. The ball could go to somebody different than who it went to in the game. We talk about this every week. Just pick out a different guy and it's the same question and it's the same answer."

Belichick made sure to point out Hogan is one of the hardest working players on the team.

"Chris works hard," he said. "He's one of our hardest workers. He's got good stamina, can practice and go all day. We have a lot of confidence in Chris and our entire offense. We need to be more productive in every area – points, running the ball, throwing the ball, after the catch, pretty much you name it. Ball security has been better the last couple of weeks, but we need more production."

From this viewpoint, Hogan's production will go up since he's been getting open -- it's just a matter of time.

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