Hogan a Hero?

Associate Editor
Posted Aug 15, 2012


Chris Hogan walked off the field after practice Wednesday morning and was approached by a couple of reporters calling him "7-11." With a smile, Hogan said, "Oh, the secret's out." Yes, thanks to "Hard Knocks," Chris Hogan no longer is just another undrafted free agent trying to make the Dolphins roster.

Tuesday's episode of "Hard Knocks" featured a lot of dramatic moments, from first-year coach Joe Philbin discussing the January death of his son, David Garrard undergoing knee surgery and Chad Johnson getting arrested and then released.

But the star of the show was Hogan, who is trying to beat the odds after bouncing off three different teams' practice squad last year.

Hogan was shown repeatedly beating defenders in coverage, with Reggie Bush at one point calling him "7-11" because he's always open.

Hogan says he's never heard Bush call him that and even disputed the notion that it was the star running back who came up with the nickname.

“There was a little argument going on in the (practice) bubble," Hogan said. "Davone (Bess) said that he came up with it. (Ryan) Tannehill and (Pat) Devlin said they came up with it. I’m going to give credit to everyone. Teamwork. I’m not throwing anyone under the bus saying that they got it."

Hogan caught only one pass for 4 yards in Friday night's preseason opener against Tampa Bay, but his work at practice has impressed.

"Like they say on the show he’s dependable," said tight end Charles Clay. " I find myself turning around and looking at them, and a lot of times I sit there and watch Hogan because nine times out of 10 he’s getting open."

Hogan is among the 11 wide receivers on the roster trying to land one of the five or six spots at the position on the 53-man roster.

He was signed by the Dolphins in January after spending the last few week of the 2011 season on Miami's practice squad.

“I kind of came in (training camp) with an open mind," Hogan said. "I knew my goal. My goal was to come out there, work hard and try to impress the coaches, be a trustworthy guy on the field. If I can make the plays when they’re available and I get the opportunities and I make the best of them, then we’ll see. It’s up to the coaches.”

Because of his background, Hogan seemed a logical choice to be featured on "Hard Knocks."

He played only one year of college football, transferring to Monmouth in 2010 after starting for four years on the Penn State la crosse team.

“People coming into camp were like, you know you’re going to be one of those stories, one year of football," Hogan said. "But I wasn’t really thinking about it. It was definitely fun watching it on TV last night.”

It wasn't quite as much fun for teammates Roberto Wallace, third-round pick Michael Egnew and Clay.

Wallace was shown struggling to get open in practice with his coaches complaining that he looked as though he was running with weights on his ankles.

Egnew and Clay, meanwhile, both were singled out for a bad practice by offensive coordinator Mike Sherman during a film session.

“At the end of the day, it’s a show," Wallace said. "That’s what they’ll do. It’s part of the show. People like drama, more than anything.

"I try to come out here and get better every day. Whatever criticism the coaches have, I can’t control that. What I can control is my effort and my attitude. So I come out here with a positive attitude and try to get better every day, and just leave it at that.”

Egnew said he didn't watch the show Tuesday night, but has no issue with being criticized.

"Coaches are honest all the time," Egnew said. "A lot of times what people see on TV is just a fraction of what actually is. Coach Sherman is a tough but good coach. He's excellent. I wouldn't have it any other way.

"I guarantee any player here can tell you the experience. That's one of those things that happens a lot because he wants the best out of his players. It just so happened mine made the episode, and it's OK."


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