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Chris Hogan reflects on time with the Patriots and playing with Tom Brady

Chris Hogan reflects on time with the Patriots and playing with Tom Brady

It'd be difficult to have a better three-year run with a team than Chris Hogan experienced with the Patriots. 

The now 30-year-old wideout recorded 1,651 and 12 touchdowns through three seasons in New England while leading the league in yards per reception in 2016. But it was the three consecutive Super Bowl appearances and two championships that will most likely leave a mark on Hogan for the rest of his career. 

Hogan spoke to ESPN's Mike Reiss and reflected on his time as a Patriot as his career with the Panthers begins. When asked if he had any regrets, Hogan shared nothing but praise when describing the opportunity to play with Tom Brady and for Bill Belichick. 

No. None. I was very, very fortunate to be around one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, if not the best. One of the best coaches to ever coach. Great teammates. I miss Julian [Edelman] a little bit, going back and forth with him. I made a lot of friendships there, which I think will last the rest of my life.

He was never the flashiest receiver, but Hogan came up big for the Patriots when it mattered most, included an incredible one-handed catch against the Chiefs in this year's AFC title game. The Patriots converted on 3rd-and-8 on their way to a go-ahead score in the fourth quarter. Kansas City tied the game with a field goal and the Patriots went on to win in overtime. 

Hogan has insisted there are no hard feelings towards the Patriots for not re-signing him, so after signing a one-year deal with Carolina, Hogan will attempt to create a consistent connection with quarterback Cam Newton. 

If it doesn't work out, he could always come back, but the Patriots have acquired receivers Demaryius Thomas and N'Keal Harry to play on the outside. 

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

Quick Slants The Podcast: Tom E. Curran politely questions Chris Simms on his ABSURD ranking of Tom Brady

NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms ranks Tom Brady No. 9 - yes, ninth, among current quarterbacks. Tom E. Curran - very politely - demands an explanation.

3:00 - Chris Simms breaks down why he ranked Tom Brady as the ninth-best QB in the NFL right now.

4:00 - Why is Patrick Mahomes ranked higher than Tom Brady?

8:30 - Tom and Chris debate whether it is Bill Belichick or Tom Brady who makes the Patriots successful.

10:00 - How is Matt Ryan ahead of Brady in Simms’ list?

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Friendship with O'Brien reportedly a big part of Caserio's attraction to Texans

Friendship with O'Brien reportedly a big part of Caserio's attraction to Texans

The apparent tug of war between the Patriots and Texans over Nick Caserio appears - for now - to have gone the Pats' way.

While the Texans keep the seat warm for the Patriots director of player personnel, and Bill Belichick's right-hand man, to finish out his contract that ends after the 2020 draft, there's been speculation a trade could be worked out that would allow Caserio to become GM in Houston.

Our Tom E. Curran notes that the Pats' asking price would have to be a first-rounder and that would seem to be a non-starter for the Texans.  

The driving force behind Caserio's desire to work for the Texans, who also sought permission to talk to him a year earlier but were denied by the Patriots, is his close relationship with Houston coach and former Pats offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien, The Boston Globe's Chris Gasper reports.

According to Gasper, Caserio and O'Brien's "friendship extends well beyond football." That relationship and the opportunity to be the boss have Caserio, 43, intrigued by the Texans.

More from Gasper's column:

“It was a chance to work with his buddy, and finally have a chance to run the building,” said a source with knowledge of Caserio’s situation. “He told Belichick he’s super grateful for every opportunity he’s been given. But it would be absurd to request that [Houston-type] opportunity there, and he never would.

“Based on age, at some point, he’ll be given the opportunity. I think he would love that. I think he knows to not desire it or request it in New England because of the gentleman he reports to. If Coach wants to make it 10 more years, maybe he will."

This same source told Gasper that Caserio, Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft and team president Jonathan Kraft held a clear-the-air session after the Texans backed off their pursuit and the focus is on the season ahead: “It was a tough week and a half, but I’m certain it’s behind all parties, or at least it seems to be."

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