New England Patriots

Oct 4, 2018; Foxborough, MA, USA; New England Patriots wide receiver Chris Hogan (15) has a ball slip through his hands and intercepted by Indianapolis Colts safety Matthias Farley (not pictured) during the third quarter at Gillette Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stew Milne-USA TODAY Sports

By Ty Anderson,

Patriots captain Devin McCourty is embracing the idea of creating content for the masses via his podcast.

Especially if it leads to a reunion with an old teammate.

On a Sunday night broadcast of ‘Double Coverage,’ which is co-hosted by his twin brother and Patriot teammate Jason McCourty (and hosted via FanCred), the twins brought in special guest Chris Hogan and dished on Hogan’s three-year run with New England. The trio talked about their time with Tom Brady, their favorite memories, and the work that was ultimately ‘worth it’ during a Hogan-in-Foxborough run that featured three straight Super Bowl appearances.

And that’s when Devin decided to play football insider.

“Every time I say something on this show, it becomes [a story], so here we go,” Devin began, “You heard it here first, man: Chris Hogan back to New England. We get him back there, we got 7-Eleven, always open.

“We’re gonna have a new quarterback, [so] let’s bring an old target back.”

Even if it’s more tongue-in-cheek than anything else, what McCourty is suggesting is not exactly foreign. And he knows it.

“That’s what we do in New England,” Devin acknowledged. “LeGarrette [Blount] came back, next thing you know… 18 touchdowns. Like, that’s what happens in New England. Deion Branch came back in 2010, touchdowns everywhere.

“So New England, get a head start. Start your article now. It’s 8:47 p.m. Devin has said it.”

Again, even if he’s playing, McCourty doesn’t even have to reach as far back to Blount and Branch. Linebacker Jamie Collins is just the most recent example of a former Patriot coming back to Foxborough and revitalizing his career under Bill Belichick. Part of the Patriots’ ‘Boogeyman’ linebacking group that terrorized the first half of New England’s schedule, Collins used his one-year return to the Patriots, which featured a white-hot start that surprised just about everybody given his sluggish and completely forgettable body of work in Cleveland, as the launchpad to a multi-year payday with the Lions.

And Hogan certainly could fit the bill as a potential worthwhile reclamation project for the Patriots.

Coming off a 2019 that featured just eight grab for 67 yards in seven games in a season interrupted by a knee injury, and at 32 years old, the still-unsigned Hogan is not going to cost a team a lot. That’s exactly what a cap-strapped team like the Patriots want to hear when it comes to potentially adding to their offense. Last year’s struggles both in health and production may even be enough for Hogan to find himself in that Dontrelle Inman, Eric Decker category as a veteran wideout that’s going to have to claw his way back on a 53-man roster for 2020 via a strong training camp and preseason.

Josh McDaniels and the Patriots could also have a need for an experienced wideout on their roster to help Jarrett Stidham along, too. That, however, seems relatively dependent on what happens with the high-ish priced Mohamed Sanu (26 catches for 207 yards and a score in eight games with the Patriots) and where they go with their 12 picks in this month’s NFL Draft. (And this year’s draft, for what it’s worth, is allegedly loaded with potential high-end talent at wide receiver.)

But a return to New England could be just what the doctor ordered for Hogan, who undoubtedly had the best success of his career in New England, with 107 catches for 1,651 yards and 12 touchdowns in 40 games with the Patriots. As well as for the Patriots, who are certainly lacking when it comes to seemingly viable options at wideout beyond Julian Edelman should 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry fail to make a significant Year 2 jump with a clean bill of health.

Or it could just be the McCourty Twins creating some much-needed content in some sports-less times.

“That’s what we do every week: We start articles,” Devin said. “There’s nothing else to talk about.”

(He’s definitely right about that.)

Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Yell at him on Twitter: @_TyAnderson.