In the midst of reports of the Patriots showing interest in free agent wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, New England is apparently at least kicking the tires on another player at the position.
According to ESPN, the New England is hosting Bills restricted free agent wide receiver Chris Hogan on a visit in Foxborough.
Hogan is a 6-1, 220-pounder out of Monmouth who's played in all 16 games in each of the last three seasons in Buffalo. He has 87 career catches for 959 yards with six scores. He had a career-best 450 yards last season when he started a career-high four games. His best season in terms of receptions (41) and touchdowns (4) came in two starts in 2014.
Hogan had six catches for 95 yards in a loss in New England last fall. He had five catches for 72 yards and a touchdown in a loss to the Patriots in Buffalo in 2014.
The former undrafted free agent (who's spent time with the 49ers, Dolphins and Giants) has an interesting athletic history in that he entered the NFL as an undrafted rookie after just one season of football at Monmouth. Previous to that, Hogan graduated from Penn State, where he'd played lacrosse.
Clearly he's an ascending, versatile athlete. In fact, Hogan was apparently the backup punter for the Bills.
If the Patriots were to sign Hogan to an RFA offer sheet – he was tendered at the lowest level by the Bills – Buffalo would have five days to either match the offer or loss the player to New England.