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With Julian Edelman returning to the Patriots, Chris Hogan should return back to form

Chris Hogan hasn’t been playing to his liking this season, but with Julian Edelman back, the field will open up more for the speedy receiver.

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This season hasn’t been too kind to Chris Hogan as he has racked up just eight catches for 109 yards through the first quarter of the year. He also registered two touchdowns: he picked up his first of the season in week two in Jacksonville, burning Jalen Ramsey in the red zone on a post route, and then scored a garbage time touchdown later in the game.

Hogan was poised to have a much bigger role in the offense and solidify the number one wide receiver role with Julian Edelman having been sidelined for the first four games and the Patriots being limited at the receiver position during his suspension. That didn't work out as planned, though.

Hogan was kept in check through four weeks, seemingly unable to get behind defenses. We all know Hogan is kind of that sneaky type of receiver who can usually do just that and make big, clutch plays with his legs and hands.

Enter Julian Edelman.

With Edelman back and solidifying the slot role alongside Dorsett, Hogan should be lined up on the outside again, across from Josh Gordon – getting back to his normal role as a number three receiver who can string some big plays together with the likes of Rob Gronkowski, Edelman and Gordon getting most of the coverage attention and safety help over the top.

If Chris Hogan can return to the form he is capable of and guys like Edelman, Gronkowski and Gordon playing to what they are capable of, the Patriots offense can absolutely be one of the most dominant in the league once again.