From football, to lacrosse, and back
Chris Hogan is going back from FOGO to football.
The former New York Jets receiver is reportedly coming back to the NFL, as Mike Garafolo has reported that Hogan will sign with the New Orleans Saints after working out with them earlier in the day. New Orleans has been searching for receivers with premier option Michael Thomas out for the next three months.
Hogan, 32, signed with the Jets in the latter stages of last offseason. He tallied 118 yards on 14 receptions in five games before landing on injured reserve with an ankle ailment. He was waived off injured reserve in December.
The Wyckoff, NJ native and Monmouth alum previously spent eight seasons with Buffalo, New England, and Carolina. He is perhaps best known for his endeavors with the Patriots, where he notably led the team’s qualified receivers in yards per reception during their 2016 championship season.
After the Jets bid him farewell, Hogan began a quest to become a professional lacrosse player. He previously represented Penn State’s lacrosse team before transitioning to football at Monmouth. Hogan declared for the Premier Lacross League’s entry draft in February but was not chosen. The Cannons Lacrosse Club later signed him as a free agent before they traded him to the Whipsnakes Lacrosse Club.
Garafolo has reported that Whipsnakes is supportive of Hogan’s decision. Their season resumes on Saturday in Colorado Springs against Waterdogs (10 p.m. ET, Peacock).
Thomas is coming off ankle surgery from June, which is said to take four months to repair. The Saints are expected to place him on the Physically Unable to Perform list and prepare for an October return. Their current depth chart is headed by Tre’Quan Smith and Marquez Callaway. Smith is the team’s leading returnee (448 yards on 34 receptions) with Thomas injured and the veteran duo of Emmanuel Sanders and Jared Cook moving on.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags