NEC in the NFL: Dolphins’ Hogan and Others Are No Longer Flying Under the Radar

He played both defensive back and wide receiver during his one season of Northeast Conference football at Monmouth, but if Chris Hogan has a future with the NFL’s Miami Dolphins, it will likely be as a pass-catcher.

Hogan, a New Jersey native who played four years of NCAA at Penn State before expending his fifth year of athletics eligibility on the gridiron at the Jersey Shore, has undoubtedly opened some eyes during the training camp.  Competing for a NFL roster spot, Hogan has helped his cause with the ability to separate from defenders and provide an open target for the Dolphins’ quarterbacks.

Thanks to the fact that the Miami Dolphins are this year’s featured team on HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Hogan has gained some national notoriety doing so.

Hogan received some time in the spotlight during the second episode of the summertime series that chronicles the happenings of Dolphins’ camp.

The Garden State product and NEC alumnus was lauded for his ability to “get open.”

Miami head coach Joe Philbin as well as rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill have gone on record with good things to say about Hogan, but no one was more complimentary than former Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush.

Since Hogan is “always open,” Bush nicknamed the young receiver Chris “7-11” Hogan because as the starting running back said, Hogan is “open for business 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”

Whether he will get a chance to get open in a NFL regular season game remains to be seen, but it is clear that Chris Hogan’s stock is rising.


Excerpt from The Miami Herald Beat writer Armando Salguero Review of Hard Knocks: Episode 2.

The heroes: Chris Hogan, whom I told you about two weeks ago on multiple occasions, has earned himself a nickname if not a big promotion from third and fourth-team work: “Always open.” Reggie Bush calls him 7-11. “Always open.”

“I can live with that nickname,” said Hogan, who didn’t catch a pass in the preseason-opener but was wide open for a TD. Pat Devlin didn’t see him.

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HOGAN UPDATE: In preseason action against the Carolina Panthers on August 17, Hogan made three catches for 30 yards. Be sure to tune into the next episode of Hard Knocks on Tuesday (Aug. 21) at 10:00 pm to follow the former Hawk’s progress.  

Following his latest preseason performance, Hogan continued to garner attention. The NFL Network‘s Mark Kriegel wrote a piece on the rise of the former Hawk. The story, entitled “Chad Johnson Overald? Dolphins’ Chris Hogan Worth Watching,” was published on the morning of August 20.



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Hogan’s former Monmouth teammate Jose Gumbs, an undrafted free agent who signed with New Orleans only minutes after the conclusion of the 2012 NFL Draft, is also in a fight for a NFL roster spot. Although Gumbs’ team, the New Orleans Saints, are not on “Hard Knocks” for everyone to see, Gumbs has been receiving a little love down in the Bayou.

Gumbs’ name recently surfaced in an article by James Varney of The Times-PicayuneNew Orleans Saints coaches like talent pool for backup safety roles.

Gumbs is also being followed by NFL Network cameras as he will appear on the series “Hey Rookie, Welcome to the NFL,” which will debut this fall.


Excerpt from Times-Picayune story pertaining to Jose Gumbs.

That’s perhaps less of an issue with the player whose resume perhaps most closely resembles Abdul-Quddus, Jose Gumbs who hails from the football powerhouse, Monmouth. At 5 feet 10, 210 pounds, Gumbs is learning how difficult it is for NFL defenders to matchup against receivers like Jimmy Graham and Marques Colston, but Gumbs earned tryouts with the Saints, Giants and Jets before being signed by New Orleans.

“Most definitely,” Gumbs said, when asked if he saw special teams as a path to a professional career. “I played special teams all four years in college so it’s nothing new to me. I’m ready to roll, pay attention to details. I’ve got to work on everything. I was not a first-round pick – I’m an undrafted free agent.”


From Staten Island to Jacksonville: Former all-NEC linebacker and special teams ace Julian Stanford is in a battle to make the Jacksonville Jaguars’ 53-man roster.  Stanford, who graduated from Wagner this past spring, signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted free agent and has garnered some attention for his play thus far.  Amongst those who have showered Stanford with public praise is Jaguars’ veteran linebacker Paul Posluszny. Stanford has played in both of Jacksonville’s preseason game thus far this summer.  He logged a tackle and an assist against the Saints on Aug. 17.

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