Hollins (groin) is expected to be activated from injured reserve later this season, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. Plagued by a groin injury for most of the preseason, Hollins was given a reprieve from attempting to play too early when he was placed on IR on Thursday. Instead, he'll spend the next two months focusing on rehab with an eye toward suiting up later this season. The Eagles can only designate two players to return from injured reserve in a given campaign, so he'll be vying with teammates, most notably tight end Richard Rodgers (knee), to make his case for activation.
Hollins (groin) has been ruled out for Thursday's season opener against the Falcons, Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports. Head coach Doug Pederson said Tuesday that Hollins suffered a minor setback with the groin injury he has been tending to over the last couple of weeks. This is why the Eagles elected to bring back wideout Markus Wheaton a day after they let him go, but it doesn't look like Hollins will be sidelined for too long with the injury.
Hollins (undisclosed) hasn't been practicing this week, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Hollins has been out since the first game of the Eagles' exhibition slate and doesn't seem to have a realistic shot at playing in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets. Meanwhile, fellow depth receiver Shelton Gibson has caught nine passes for 195 yards and two touchdowns in three preseason games, making a strong case to replace Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) in three-wideout formations for the first few weeks of the regular season. Even if he's available for the regular-season opener Sept. 6 against the Falcons, Hollins may find that his role in the offense is minimal or non-existent.
Hollins is expected to fill the same role with the Eagles that he had as a rookie, though he could see a modest increase in opportunities, Jimmy Kempski of PhillyVoice.com reports. A 2017 fourth-round pick, Hollins served as the Eagles' No. 4 wide receiver throughout last season, working behind Alshon Jeffery (shoulder), Nelson Agholor and Torrey Smith. The team upgraded from Smith to Mike Wallace this offseason, but there's still a good chance Hollins improves on last year's total of 22 targets, especially if Jeffery isn't fully healthy by Week 1. The 24-year-old Hollins was efficient with his limited opportunities in 2017, catching 16 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Hollins caught two of three passes for 30 yards in Sunday's 33-10 win over the 49ers. He continues to get more playing time as well as attention from his quarterback as Sunday marked the rookie's highest percentage of snaps played this season (26 percent) and his third straight contest with at least one target. Torrey Smith was once again held without a catch, so the opportunity is there for the former Tar Heel to move up the depth chart. However, there are rumors that the Eagles are in the market for a receiver before the Oct. 31 trade deadline, and even if the team doesn't acquire one, expectations should be tempered for Hollins with Denver on tap for Week 9 followed by a Week 10 bye.
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