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Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam Newton

Chris Hogan sees similarities between Tom Brady and Cam Newton

Chris Hogan wasn't with the Patriots for long, but in three seasons with the franchise, he experienced about as much as you possibly could for that short a time frame. He played in three consecutive Super Bowls and won two while catching passes from the legendary Tom Brady. 

Hogan signed a one-year deal with the Panthers this offseason after he said the Patriots moved on from him, though there are no hard feelings. Now he's working with the talented but inconsistent Cam Newton in Carolina, and has already noticed a key similarity between his new quarterback and Brady, as he told ESPN's David Newton

That competitive nature, it’s there. When it comes time to strap on the pads and play football, their focus is on one goal and that’s winning football games.

Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him.

Newton won the MVP in 2016 and led the Panthers to Super Bowl 50, but lost to Von Miller and that brutal Broncos defense that featured Malik Jackson, Chris Harris Jr. and DeMarcus Ware just to name a few key contributors.

You have to wonder what would have happened if the Patriots hadn't lost to Denver in that year's AFC Championship game. Super Bowl 50 is the only Super Bowl the Patriots haven't participated in over the last five years. 

Hogan had enough time with Brady to notice what made him great, so if he sees that same competitive fire in Newton, then that has to be a good sign for Panthers fans. We already know Newton has the ability to turn a conference on its head, so there's a possibility we see him and Brady square off in February this coming season You never know. 

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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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Chris Hogan understands the "business" of Patriots not re-signing him

Chris Hogan understands the "business" of Patriots not re-signing him

Chris Hogan had seen plenty of wide receivers come and go during his three-year tenure with the New England Patriots.

So, when Hogan found out that three-year tenure was ending Friday, he understood the Patriots' decision not to re-sign him in free agency.

"It’s a business. I can't read too much into it," Hogan said after Carolina Panthers signed him to a one-year contract in free agency, via ESPN.com's Mike Reiss. “At the end of the day, they're trying to run the team as best as they see fit.

"Sometimes things don't work out. I'm just really excited about this opportunity."

Hogan carved out a solid niche in New England, averaging 15.4 yards per catch over three seasons as a zone-busting slot man. His production dipped last season when Josh Gordon entered the fold, however, and it appears the Patriots are going in a different direction as they eye wide receiver prospects in the 2019 NFL Draft.

As for Hogan, he'll jump from one former NFL MVP to another in Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. While Tom Brady and Newton are very different players, the 30-year-old Hogan sees some similarities between the two QBs.

"Tom was great. He demanded a lot and was an ultimate competitor,” Hogan told reporters in a conference call, via Panthers.com. “From what I hear and just from watching Cam play, he’s the ultimate competitor as well. Really excited about the opportunity to play with him."

Hogan will get the chance to see his old club this summer, as the Patriots visit Carolina in Week 3 of the preseason. It appears he's at peace with moving on after two Super Bowl rings in New England, however.

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