QB Kevin Hogan - Free Agent
|6-3, 218||Born: 10-20-1992||College: Stanford||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
2017 Week 2 vs BAL (5 / 11 / 118 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Hogan came in to relieve starter DeShone Kizer after Kizer came down with a migraine in the second quarter. Hogan led the Browns to their only touchdown on the afternoon, eluding the Baltimore pass rush and throwing a fantastic pass to tight end David Njoku in the end zone. He seemed to zero in on second-year wide out Rashard Higgins, which makes sense because they played together as reserves in the preseason and in 2016. On the first drive in the third quarter, Hogan took an end zone shot to Corey Coleman but he overthrew a closely-covered Coleman by a few yards. Hogan gave way to Kizer with 8:19 remaining in the third quarter after Kizer's migraine cleared up enough that he was able to return to the game.
2017 Week 5 vs NYJ (16 / 19 / 194 / 2 / 1 pass, 4 / 30 / 0 rush)
Hogan took over for starter DeShone Kizer after halftime after the rookie struggled against the Jets. The difference between Hogan and Kizer was instantly apparent. Hogan made quick decisions and got the ball out quickly, something Kizer has not done in his rookie season. Hogan doesn't have the arm that Kizer possesses but he's just as dangerous with his legs. His first touchdown came on an impressive throw and an even more impressive catch by tight end David Njoku. Hogan put the ball where only a diving Njoku could make the grab. Hogan's interception came on a misfire to Ricardo Louis. He threw the ball too high to Louis and it landed in the hands of the defender for the pick. Hogan's second touchdown came on the Browns' final offensive play of the game on a 41-yard catch-and-run by Duke Johnson. While Hogan gets credit for the 41-yard touchdown pass, Johnson did all of the heavy lifting on the play, making the catch around the line of scrimmage and weaving his way through New York's defense to score. Hogan has a real shot to start in Week 6, but the Browns haven't tipped their hand just yet.
2017 Week 6 vs HOU (20 / 37 / 140 / 1 / 3 pass, 5 / 36 / 0 rush)
Hogan's first drive started off well as he moved the ball well down the field, showed nice mobility in picking up yardage on the ground, and alertly avoided a sack by dumping a ball off to Duke Johnson right before the defender took him down. That possession stalled out and ended in a punt, even though it was Hogan's best series of the day. From that point, Hogan started to struggle badly with his accuracy. He overthrew countless receivers downfield and floated several deeper passes, which allowed defenders to get in position to make plays. Hogan's first interception resulted in a pick-six for the defense after he threw too high for Duke Johnson to make the grab. He came back and threw another pick on the ensuing possession, this time floating a pass in Johnson's direction, which allowed the linebacker in coverage, rookie Dylan Cole, to intercept the pass. Hogan's play continued to deteriorate in the third quarter. He drew an intentional grounding penalty in his own end zone, resulting in a safety for the Texans. It was a poor decision by Hogan, who had plenty of time to get rid of the ball. Hogan's only passing touchdown came in garbage time on a three-yard reception to Seth DeValve on Cleveland's final offensive play. He had thrown way too high for David Njoku on the same route on the play before, resulting in an incompletion. Given how Hogan played, it's hard to imagine him starting again in Week 7 but the Browns have not given any indication of what they plan to do.
2016 Week 7 vs CIN (12 / 24 / 100 / 0 / 2 pass, 7 / 104 / 1 rush)
Hogan was pressed into service after Kessler went down, getting his first taste of NFL action. He actually saw some time as the team's wild cat quarterback before Kessler went down, a spot that Terrelle Pryor normally occupies when he's fully healthy. Hogan took the reins full time in the second quarter after Kessler left with a concussion, proceeding to rack up rushing yards in chunks. Hogan actually led the Browns in rushing, punctuated by an excellent 28-yard touchdown run in the third quarter which saw him break several tackles on his way to the end zone. His first two NFL passes were completions to Gary Barnidge, the second a great throw made while a defender was hanging on his foot. Hogan did throw two interceptions in the game, overthrowing his target on the first. The second pick was hard to blame on the rookie as he had his pass batted at the line, resulting in an easy catch for the defender. All in all, Hogan showed decent poise but was a bit erratic with his accuracy. It is going to be hard for Hogan to beat NFL teams with his arm at this point of his career.