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Chris Hogan, Phillip Dorsett heavily featured in Patriots offense, but will it continue in playoffs?

Ryan Hannable
December 30, 2018 - 6:21 pm

FOXBORO -- The Patriots offense had a new look Sunday afternoon against the Jets -- more Phillip Dorsett and Chris Hogan.

Hogan finished with six catches on 11 targets for 64 yards, while Dorsett had five receptions on five targets for 34 yards and a touchdown. These two players had been phased out of the passing game with Josh Gordon coming aboard, but were counted on Sunday with Gordon no longer in the picture and Cordarrelle Patterson missing the game with a knee injury.

Maybe it's no coincidence Brady had one of his better games -- 24-for-33 passing with 250 yards and four touchdowns -- because he got those two and others involved. The 41-year-old completed passes to seven different receivers.

"That’s what we’ve got to do," Brady said afterwards. "I mean, to be a good offense, everyone’s got to touch it, everyone’s got to be involved in the offense and run it, throw it, throw it to everybody – the receivers, the backs, the tight ends. Everyone blocks in our offense, and that’s what makes it tough to defend. If they’ve got to defend everything, I feel pretty good about where we’re at. If they don’t have to worry about something, it makes it pretty tough on everyone else. So, glad we were able to score the points we did today. We’re going to need more of that in a couple weeks."

For Dorsett, he's now caught the last 16 passes thrown his way dating back to Week 5. With Gordon now gone, he figures to see more of a role in the passing game and he's ready.

"Yeah, the way I go about my day is that I prepare like a starter all the time," he said. "So when it comes, I'll be ready. I just continue to prepare, nothing changes and you just keep grinding."

Meanwhile, Hogan's six receptions match his total in the last seven games combined, and the 11 targets tied the most he's ever had in a regular-season game.

"It's great," he said. "I was able to take advantage of some opportunities today and hopefully I can continue to build off that."

Given the current state of the Patriots passing game, it needs more games like this from Hogan and Dorsett moving forward. If not, it could be an early playoff exit.

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