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Chris Hogan discusses chemistry with Tom Brady, lack of targets recently

Ryan Hannable
December 27, 2018 - 12:00 pm

FOXBORO -- Although he won't admit it publicly, this has to be a frustrating season for Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan.

In a contract year, the 30-year-old has played in all 15 games, but has just 29 catches for 468 yards and three touchdowns, all while playing over 70 percent of the snaps. Sunday against the Bills he played 62 snaps, but didn't record a single target. In the last three games he has two catches and hasn't recorded more than two catches in a game since Oct. 21 against the Bears.

Speaking Wednesday, Hogan was asked if he would like to get the ball more?

“I think you’re just being a competitor,” Hogan said. “You want to go out there and do what’s best for the team and help your team move the ball down the field, make plays and help them win football games. It’s all about opportunities in this league, and when you get the opportunities in this league, you just have to make the most of them.”

Hogan and quarterback Tom Brady appeared to have great chemistry the last two seasons, but something feels off this year. The wide receiver doesn't think so, though.

“Absolutely,” Hogan said when asked if his chemistry with Brady is still strong.

The Patriots are going to need to get the passing game going once the playoffs roll around because relying so much on the run just doesn't seem like it will be able to get it done against some of the teams they might face in the postseason.

Hogan believes Brady and the passing game will get going soon.

“Because of what we’ve done in the past, how hard we’ve worked on the passing game and obviously the guy who’s leading us with the ball,” he said. “We have all the faith in the world in him. I have all the faith in the world in the guys that are in that locker room and on the field on Sundays or whatever it is. A lot of guys are capable of making a lot of plays in the passing game. And in our offense, whatever is required, I think everyone will step up to the challenge.”

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