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Hogan on slot receiver role: 'I have to see what Tom sees'

Hogan on slot receiver role: 'I have to see what Tom sees'

NEW ORLEANS - No Patriots player spent more time operating out of the slot than Chris Hogan in the season-opening loss to Kansas City. Of Hogan’s 73 snaps, 29 came out of that coveted spot in the offense, yet the production was virtually nonexistent. 

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Hogan caught one pass for a measly eight yards. Contrast that with Danny Amendola, who couldn’t make it through the third quarter. The ultra-quick Amendola ended up with four catches on five targets working out of the slot. So much for Hogan making up for Julian Edelman’s absence, at least for one week.

I asked Hogan about the difference between lining up in the slot as a primary target versus last season, when the Bills castoff spent a fraction of that time functioning in that role. 

“I’m comfortable there, for sure, and confident there as well,” he told me. “The biggest difference for me is some of the reads you have to make at the line of scrimmage and once you release. I have to see what Tom [Brady] sees.”

That’s a critical piece for any offensive player in this system: thinking and see what Brady does, or else...

“Tom demands a lot. He’s our leader,” said Hogan, quickly adding, “but I expect as much out of myself as anyone else could. I know I have to be better. If I’m better, it helps everyone.”

Hogan was like the rest of his teammates, disappointed with the way the opener went. He was also not willing to offer excuses, even when I offered one up, saying the offense did put up 27 points through three quarters.

“It wasn’t good enough,” he said matter-of-factly. “We believe we are better than that and believe we will play better than that. But it does no good to talk about it. We just have to do it.”

Bill Belichick wouldn’t offer much on Hogan’s work in the opener, but it would be surprising to see the Pats turn away from that so quickly. Besides, a few members of the offense indicated some surprise at Chiefs corner Marcus Peters drawing Hogan so much. This Sunday’s opponent, the Saints, don’t have a player of Peters' pedigree. Not yet at least.

“We all have a lot of work to do after the first game,” said Belichick, seemingly speaking for all facets of his team’s play, not the slot position in particular. “So, I don’t think any of us are where we want to be or need to be.”

Based on the way the Saints played defense in their opener, there’s a real opportunity for the Pats' offense to improve its efficiency and - in turn - its effectiveness. Expect Hogan to play a big part in that. 


 

Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

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Patriots-Falcons practice report: Gilmore, Rowe absent

Wednesday's practice participation/injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Falcons game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
CB Stephon Gilmore (concussion/ankle)
LB Harvey Langi (back)
LB Elandon Roberts (ankle)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
WR Chris Hogan (ribs)
G Shaq Mason (shoulder)

ATLANTA FALCONS

DID NOT PARTICIPATE
K Matt Bryant (back)

LIMITED PARTICIPATION
OLB Vic Beasley Jr. (hamstring)
LB Jermaine Grace (hamstring)
LB Deion Jones (quadricep)
DE Takk McKinley (shoulder)
LB Duke Riley (knee)
WR Mohamed Sanu (hamstring)
DL Courtney Upshaw (ankle/knee)

Patriots LB Harvey Langi's wife posts emotional video of hospital reunion

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Patriots LB Harvey Langi's wife posts emotional video of hospital reunion

Days after Patriots linebacker Harvey Langi and his wife, Cassidy, were injured in car accident, she posted a video on Instagram of their tearful reunion in the hospital.

Friday the 13, 2017 was date night for Harv and I 👫On our way home we stopped at the light to turn to our house, when all of a sudden a SUV rammed straight into us. I completely blacked out and don’t remember anything, while Harvey remembers seeing me, his wife, laying lifeless and gushing blood. It’s been 3 days since that moment and we were finally reunited. We have been in the hospital for a few days and still have a few days to go. We are so completely blessed to have each other to lean on through all of this craziness. We are so grateful for all of our family and friends who have taken the time to come visit us, reached out to us, prayed for us, and have shown us their love and support. Our hearts are completely full right now ❤️ I just want my husband Havea to know how blessed I am to be your wife. I know this is a huge trial we will be facing but I know we can get through this together, day by day. Thank you for always loving me and staying by my side through it all. I love you with all my heart babe 💜😘

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An SUV slammed into the Langis' car as they waited at a red light Friday night near their apartment in Foxboro, about six miles from Gillette Stadium. 

Cassidy Langi sustained broken ribs and fractures to both hips. The injuries to Harvey Langi, an undrafted rookie free agent from BYU who made the team out of training camp, are considered less serious. Both had to be freed from the car with the jaws of life.