With Michael Thomas missing time to start the 2021 season, the New Orleans Saints are working out receivers. Mike Garafolo reported on Monday that the team was working out Chris Hogan, who is also in the midst of lacrosse season.
Hogan is an interesting player for his lacrosse background but this is not the answer the Saints are looking for at wide receiver. Thomas is a WR1 and Hogan is certainly not that. Adding depth is important right now but this is an opportunity for the Saints to make a big trade for a receiver and not sign a low impact guy like Hogan.
Hogan has played nine seasons in the NFL and spent time with the Bills, Patriots, Panthers, and Jets. He’s most known for his time with the Patriots where he won two Super Bowl rings. Those were certainly Hogan’s best seasons too, as he had 680 yards in 2016, a career-high for the lacrosse player.
The New Orleans Saints need someone more impactful than Chris Hogan.
If New Orleans was looking for depth behind Michael Thomas, I’d be a little more on board with working out Hogan but the Saints are in a bind now. They have to find someone capable of starting every week and making game-changing catches and Hogan is not that.
As I wrote about a few days ago, the time is now for the Saints to make a blockbuster trade and get someone close to Thomas’ level of play in the Big Easy. Otherwise, this group is looking at Tre’Quan Smith, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris as their main receivers and that’s not ideal.
Hopefully, the Saints can get something figured out and bring a bigger name to New Orleans than Hogan. He’d be a fine WR3/4 option but that’s not what the Saints are in the market for right now. They were dealt a massive blow with the Thomas news and adding Chris Hogan isn’t the right move.
There’s still time to add an impactful player but it has to be the right player who can actually make a dent when taking the field. Chris Hogan is not that kind of player.