Five veteran receivers the Redskins could target after Cody Latimer’s arrest
Yes, the top option available was on the Carolina Panthers last year. No, he’s not atop this list for that sole reason. When looking at the players available that could potentially replace Latimer’s veteran presence and skill set, Chris Hogan would qualify.
Both Hogan and Latimer been deep threats during their career; Latimer averages 13.4 yards per catch while Hogan averages 13.3 yards per catch.
That said, while Hogan has a 6-1, 210-pound frame that is similar to Latimer (6-2, 215), Hogan is a better athlete than Latimer. Hogan clocked a 4.40 40-yard dash before the 2011 NFL Draft to go along with a ridiculous 28 bench press reps. Latimer ran a 4.50 40 and had 23 reps before the 2014 draft.
The advantage that Latimer has over Hogan is age. Latimer is just 27 while Hogan is 32. So, it would make sense that Rivera would target Latimer over Hogan this offseason.
However, it’s worth noting that Hogan was signed by Rivera’s Panthers last year. So, Rivera must’ve liked something enough about Hogan to bring him aboard. Perhaps it was that he was a part of a New England Patriots team that had gone to three straight Super Bowls. Or maybe it was that Hogan had led the league in yards per catch in 2017 and had averaged 15.4 yards per catch during his time with the Patriots.
Or maybe it was that Hogan had averaged 36 catches for 550 yards and four touchdowns per season with the Patriots. He was also versatile and split time in the slot and outside depending on what the Patriots needed in a given matchup. The list goes on.
Either way, Rivera saw some merit in Hogan last offseason. He didn’t produce much in Carolina before getting injured, but perhaps he’s the type of locker room guy that the Redskins young receivers could use. And he’s not far removed from being a productive receiver. He could be worth a shot as a backup on a deal for close to the veteran minimum.
None of these players are particularly inspiring. And it well may be in the Redskins’ best interest to roll with their young group moving forward even if Latimer is gone. After all, he was just expected to be a fourth or fifth receiver. But if they do opt to target a veteran, these are the names that you could hear mentioned.