Panthers Add New Element to Receiving Corps with Chris Hogan

Chris Hogan averaged 17.9 yards per catch in the 2016 season, while averaging 13.5 in seven NFL seasons. He's the deep threat that Carolina needs.

Chris Hogan isn't the typical deep threat that blazes past NFL defenders, but they don't get much more efficient than him.

The Carolina Panthers signed Hogan to a one-year deal on Friday, and his addition will fill a huge void in the wide receiver corps. Carolina currently has D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel, Jarius Wright and Torrey Smith as the primary receivers, but none of them are considered a deep threat.

Devin Funchess was the only real deep threat that the Panthers had last season and he is now with the Indianapolis Colts. He finished last season with 44 receptions, 549 yards and four touchdowns. Aside from him, the only other Panthers that surpassed 500 yards were Moore and Christian McCaffrey.

Hogan comes in as such a unique player, because of the fact that he's averaged 13.5 yards per reception in seven seasons -- while averaging 17.9 in 2016. In three seasons with the New England Patriots, he brought in 172 receptions, 1,651 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Along with being a deep target, he brings a veteran presence that has been to the past three Super Bowls, and won two of them. He also had Tom Brady as his quarterback, so he has learned a thing or two about winning and having the right mentality.

Hogan's best performance came during one of the most important games of his career -- the AFC Championship game. He recorded nine receptions, 180 receiving yards and two touchdowns against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The Panthers still may need to do some work in the later rounds of the NFL Draft in terms of wide receivers, but they have a solid deep threat to work with at the moment.