Former New England Patriot and Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan is still getting used to catching passes from someone other than Tom Brady. The 31-year-old receiver signed a one-year deal with the Carolina Panthers earlier this offseason after three years in New England.
As you might expect, catching passes from Cam Newton is slightly different than from Tom Brady. After just a few months with his new team, Hogan couldn't help but compare the two quarterbacks.
Chris Hogan sees some similarities between Tom Brady and Cam Newton https://t.co/cptGYUyLvs— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) June 16, 2019
Hogan told ESPN that the two quarterbacks are "totally different players" in terms of their everyday practice routines. He cited that while Brady maintains a much more businesslike approach on the field, Newton approaches practices with a relaxed and whimsical manner. For example, Cam will run the length of the field to celebrate with a teammate after a big play or yell like, "he's on a schoolyard all the way".
Regardless of their day-to-day approaches, Hogan did mention one commonality he saw between the two. "That competitive nature, it's there," Hogan said. He went on to say that when the time comes to strap on the pads, both are equally as focused on one common goal: winning football games.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera on Chris Hogan: "Veteran guy, a smart, crafty receiver. The young guys we have can be impacted by that. He’s been there, been a big part of a championship and it’s been good to watch him interact with the other receivers. Definitely a big plus." https://t.co/Z0LrHmm6Nc— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) June 16, 2019
"Cam wants to win. You can tell that right away from talking to him and being around him," Hogan explained.
That trait is undoubtedly similar through every quarterback across the NFL. However, it's a good sign for Panthers fans that their new veteran reciever has already taken a liking to his new quarterback. Hogan's comments on Newton also make it seem as though he's put the Brady days behind him and is now focused on helping his new team find a way back into the postseason.