With the Redskins taking off for training camp later this month, Redskins.com will take a deeper look at the new faces of the organization and what we've learned regarding their football and life background.
Today the focus is shifted towards third-year quarterback Kevin Hogan.
1. He already has on-field NFL experience
Even though Hogan will become the Redskins' No. 3 quarterback in 2018, he comes to Washington having playing experience in NFL games. Before he was traded to Washington, the 6-foot-3 quarterback appeared in four games for the Cleveland Browns and threw for 517 yards.
In week 5 against the Jets, Hogan was inserted into the game in a backup role and completed 16-of-19 passes for two touchdowns while totaling 194 yards. His performance earned him the starting quarterback role the following week, where he threw for 140 yards and a touchdown.
With getting minutes on the field so early in his career, Hogan believes that it will benefit him if the Redskins need to call his number this season.
"It helps me in the sense that I've seen everything that you can see," Hogan said. "I got to play in some games, got some game experience. Now I'm able to come here and watch Alex [Smith] and Colt [McCoy] play and learn from them, guys that are veterans and have done a lot of great things in this league.
"I'm excited because this culture is great. It's good to be a part of it. I love the offense that we're running. Whenever I get out there, I'm hoping to execute it the way it's supposed to be."
2. He's a local guy
Not only is Hogan excited to be playing for a new team, he's eager to step on the field for his hometown team. Playing his high school football at Gonzaga College High School, approximately 30 miles away from the Inova Sports Performance Center at Redskins Park, the McLean, Va., native totaled 4,762 passing yards and 37 touchdowns throughout his high school career.
After recording 1,820 passing yards with 14 touchdowns as a senior, Hogan was selected as the 2010 Washington, D.C. Player of the Year. The 2010 Fairfax County Football Hall of Fame Outstanding Private School High School Player of the Year can't wait to strap the pads on in the Burgundy and Gold, having his family and friends being able to attend his games.
"It's good to be a part of this organization," Hogan said. "It's good to be home. I'm from this area, so I can't wait to get things going."
3. He is active in charity work
While Hogan's attention may be on the field during the season, he is also active in the community and does a plethora of charity work. Getting involved with former Browns teammate Gary Barnidge's foundation, American Football Without Barriers, he is still actively involved with the charity whose mission is using sports as a tool to help disadvantaged children reach higher levels of education and live healthy lifestyles.
Along with being involved in the foundation, Hogan recently took a mission trip to Portugal in March to share the game of football with underprivileged children.
4. Colt McCoy is his mentor
Adjusting to a new team can be difficult for many players. For Hogan, however, veteran backup quarterback Colt McCoy has taken him under his wing.
According to the 25-year-old, the former Texas quarterback responds to any question regarding the playbook and has assisted the new No. 3 quarterback in getting used to the offensive system. Along with McCoy, Hogan has also had assistance from offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh and quarterback coach Kevin O'Connell.
McCoy's assistance has helped Hogan make the offense more clear, resulting in more quality performance in practices.
"I sit next to Colt in every meeting," Hogan said. "Any question I have, he's always willing and ready to answer. It's nice being able to lean on him because he's been in the system for a while and he's been extremely helpful. And then the coaches, coach [Matt] Cavanaugh and coach Kevin O'Connell, they've been great.
"They make the offense easy and quarterback friendly to learn and make it easy to understand. When you understand it, you feel more comfortable and you're able to play better."
5. He had a prolific Stanford career
Before Hogan made his way into the NFL, he had one of the most decorative careers in Stanford football history. Playing in 50 games during his college career, the former Cardinal quarterback set multiple school records, including most career offensive yards (10,634), most career wins by a quarterback (36), and most career rushing yards by a quarterback (1,249).
Hogan's impact was immediate, where he helped Stanford to the 2012 Pac-12 Championship and earned MVP honors for the game. His performance would result in the Cardinal earning three appearances in the Rose Bowl, winning it during his sophomore and senior seasons.
Along with completing 727 passes for 9,385 passing yards and 75 passing touchdowns, Hogan helped Stanford claim three Pac-12 titles during his four-year playing career. He obtained his degree in science, technology and society.
6. Members of his family played Division I football
While Hogan has created his own legacy in college and now in the pros, he comes from a family of football players. His grandfather, James M. O'Brien, played football at Navy.
His father, Jerry Hogan, played football at Notre Dame, he had two uncles play football at Notre Dame and a cousin who played football at Arizona. Jerry was a part of a Notre Dame team that finished 8-3 his senior season and made an appearance in the Orange Bowl in 1972.
While his family had exceptional college careers, Kevin is the first in his family to see action in an NFL game.
7. He struck adversity in his rookie season
Before his rookie season was set to begin, Hogan had to deal with adversity when he reached the NFL. After being selected in the fifth round (162nd overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs, he was waived before the 2016 campaign took place.
Despite being cut, Hogan had an opportunity to prove that he belonged in professional football when he was signed to Cleveland's practice squad the same year. Having the opportunity to showcase his skills, he completed 14-of-26 passes for 104 yards while rushing for 105 yards in four games during his rookie season.
While getting waived by the team that selected him put an unexpected obstacle in his career, the fact that Hogan has played for different teams throughout the NFL has helped him adjust to life in Washington.
"There's a lot of similarities between teams in the NFL," Hogan said. "You've got great locker rooms across the league, so I just think it's really just learning the offense and feeling comfortable with that. Fortunately, they have a lot of similar concepts and stuff in Cleveland, so right now it's just learning some of the new stuff. It's been a pretty good transition. It's been awesome. The guys are very welcoming, the coaches are awesome. I'm liking it so far."