Source: Saints grab Hogan after lacrosse stint

METAIRIE, La. – After doing undeclared work as a lacrosse player this summer, he became a seasoned wide receiver Chris Hogan will return to the NFL and try the Saints of New Orleans make up for the lack of the injured star Michael Thomas.

Hogan, 33, agreed to a deal with the Saints on Monday, a source told ESPN’s Mike Reiss, confirming an NFL network report.

As expected, Thomas was officially placed on the physically challenged playlist on Monday to start training camp. He is expected to miss the time early in the regular season following an ankle surgery in June.

Hogan (6-foot-1,210 pounds) will compete along with Saints Recipients for a squad spot Tre’Quan Smith, Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and others in a position group that has few proven talent after the veteran’s release in New Orleans Emmanuel Sanders this off-season.

Hogan won two Super Bowls with the New England Patriots during his nine-year career, in which he also worked with the Buffalo bills, Carolina Panthers and New York Jets. But after playing just 12 games in total with the Panthers and Jets in 2019 and 2020 while battling injuries, he made a brief decision to switch careers that off-season and play in the Premier Lacrosse League before the Saints lured him back.

Hogan was a standout lacrosse player at Penn State before playing at Monmouth Football for a year and joining the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2012. During his time in the PLL, he was largely inactive, starting with the Cannons before joining the Whipsnakes.

Back in the NFL, Hogan brings versatility along with his experience. He has lined up almost evenly in the slot and in width during the regular season, while catching 216 passes for 2,795 yards and 18 touchdowns. He has an additional 34 catches for 542 yards and four TDs in the playoffs.

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