Mack Hollins has basically disappeared. The fifth-round draft pick in 2017 Hollins looked to be a nice stash for the Philadelphia Eagles. However, injuries have all but silenced the former North Carolina Tar Heel. Doug Pederson said that Hollins is still recovering from sports hernia surgery 15 months later and there is no return in sight. He has already missed all the OTAs so far. Will Hollins make the Eagles roster?
Stacked receiving core
The Eagles receivers are stacked. Alshon Jeffery is the teams top target. The team brought back Desean Jackson on a three-year deal. His speed could make all the difference this year as the offense was missing a deep threat. Nelson Agholor is entering a contract year and is motivated to make a big splash. Then the team selected JJ Arcega-Whiteside in the second round of the 2019 draft. Whiteside is 6’3 and is a jump ball target. With those four options already in place, the longer Hollins remains sidelined the less likely his chances to make the Eagles roster.
There are also guys like Braxton Miller, Greg Ward and Shelton Gibson looking to make the team as well so its competition everywhere.
More tight end use
You also have to factor in the use of the tight ends. Zach Ertz is arguably the best tight end in the game. Coming off a 116 catch 1,163-yard season he’s locked in as Carson Wentz favorite target. This year it’s expected that Dallas Goedert is going to make a jump. He’s looked very good in practice so far and showed flashes last year. The Eagles also still have Richard Rodgers who is a blocking tight end.
No return of the Mack
It’s sad to say but it’s hard to envision Hollins making the Eagles roster. Hollins had a solid rookie year with 16 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown but that seems like a distant memory.
With plenty of options now ahead of him unless a miracle happens and he gets healthy his time in midnight green is coming to an end.
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