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Report: WR Chris Hogan, Patriots talking contract extension

Report: WR Chris Hogan, Patriots talking contract extension

Could the Patriots' first four weeks of the regular season without Julian Edelman serve as a kind of audition for Chris Hogan as he and the Pats discuss a contract extension?

Jeff Howe of the Athletic reports that Hogan, in the final season of a three-year, $12 million deal, and the Patriots have had talks but the two sides remain far apart.

Edelman will serve a four-game suspension for testing positive for PEDs and won't return to the Pats until Week 5 after playing in the preseason. Howe theorizes that the team could be looking for Hogan to prove himself in Edelman's absence.

Hogan, who turns 30 in October, caught 34 passes for 439 yards and five touchdowns last season, his second in New England, which was limited to nine regular-season and three playoff games by injuries. 

Edelman, special team veteran Matthew Slater and rookie Braxton Berrios are the Patriots receivers signed beyond this season. Hogan, Kenny Britt, Phillip Dorsett and recent acquisition Eric Decker are potential free-agent receivers.

 

Quick Slants The Podcast: Does Pats ugly loss in Tennessee outweigh their six-game winning streak?

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Quick Slants The Podcast: Does Pats ugly loss in Tennessee outweigh their six-game winning streak?

Tom Curran and Jerod Mayo break down the Patriots' 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans and they look ahead to how the team can improve during the bye week.

1:38 - Jerod's number one reason why the Patriots lost: They couldn't establish the run game.

6:58 - "You could tell Vrabel hyped this team up." Tom and Jerod discuss if the revenge factor was underrated leading up to this game and also hit on if the Patriots 7-2 record coming into Week 10 really reflected how they had been playing.

11:57 - Jerod talks about how the Patriots defense needs to improve during the bye week and how they clearly aren't playing like a championship-caliber unit.

19:09 - Jerod says that the bye week couldn't come at a better time and that it's a good chance for the Patriots to do some self-scouting as they look ahead to the Jets.

25:31 - Tom asks if it's more important to remember that the team had won six games in a row than worry about the loss to the Titans.

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DJ Bean's NFL Power Pranking: Takes that look bad at the Patriots bye

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DJ Bean's NFL Power Pranking: Takes that look bad at the Patriots bye

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