The Patriots will only have three wide receivers active Sunday against the Saints: Brandin Cooks, Chris Hogan and Phillip Dorsett, and respected Patriots beat writer at ESPN, Mike Reiss, expects Hogan to play a heavy snap count.
"I expect Chris Hogan to play close to every offensive snap Sunday at New Orleans," Reiss wrote.
Hogan already played 73 of 81 snaps Week 1, but he only caught one of his five targets. If it doesn't happen for him this week, then when will it? The Saints are a much more beatable defense for Hogan and this offense this week, but he's still, at best, the third passing option behind Rob Gronkowski and Brandin Cooks. For that reason, we still don't consider Hogan a WR2 play this week but a FLEX play option with room for more from there.