Buffalo Bills Add Miami Dolphins' Hard Knocks Star

Greg MaiolaSenior Analyst IINovember 7, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - AUGUST 17:   Chris Hogan #81 of the Miami Dolphins during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on August 17, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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If Chris Hogan resembles anything close to what his nickname implies, then the Buffalo Bills and quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick are in great shape.

Hogan, otherwise known as "7-Eleven," is apparently always open. This nickname was given by Reggie Bush during training camp, as a compliment to the receiver's ability to separate from coverage.

Unfortunately, the secondary he was separating from was the same defense torched for 433 yards by rookie Andrew Luck in Week 9 of the 2012 NFL season. Nonetheless, Buffalo has taken a chance on a pass catcher and it is only costing them a practice squad spot.

Hogan had only four receptions for 34 yards in four preseason games with Miami, was cut form the team, and then spurned a tryout with the New York Jets to sign on with Buffalo.

Hogan was a lacrosse player with Penn State and had only 12 receptions in his brief football career at Monmouth. He was able to impress scouts with his athleticism and speed, but has yet to prove that he can be a difference maker on the NFL field.

So while this practice squad addition may be fairly insignificant, at least Buffalo is going out and trying to better its team. Most of the fan base, and frankly all of the NFL, is familiar with Hogan, thanks to the masterpiece that Hard Knocks is.

But who knows, maybe Hogan will break away from the practice squad and make an impact.