Mack Hollins should be the No. 4 receiver for the Eagles this season behind Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mike Wallace, and he has minimal Fantasy value in seasonal leagues. He could see increased playing time if Jeffery is slowed by his shoulder injury early in the year, but that might only help Hollins in deeper leagues. He played a minimal role as a rookie in 2017 with 22 targets for 16 catches, 226 yards and one touchdown, and it's hard to be excited about a dramatic increase given the three receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. In dynasty leagues, however, Hollins is a strong hold because Wallace is on a one-year deal, and Hollins could earn a bigger role in 2019
Hollins isn't warming up with the receivers and isn't expected to play in Thursday's preseason tilt against the Patriots, Zach Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports. Hollins' absence from warmups coupled with his missed practices the past few days due to an undisclosed injury seems to indicate that he won't suit up, though his status hasn't been confirmed. Look for Mike Wallace and Shelton Gibson to see some reps early on with Hollins likely out.
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 could see more reps in 2018 with the departure of Torrey Smith via trade to Carolina, Tim McManus of ESPN reports. The fourth-round pick from the 2017 draft already seemed poised to challenge Smith for his role in the coming season, but that road has become much smoother with this news. Hollins will still be behind Alshon Jeffery and Nelson Agholor on the depth chart, but given the volume in the Eagles' offense, the 24-year-old could be a big-time breakout candidate in 2018.
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.
Hollins brought in both of his targets for 38 yards in Thursday's 28-23 win over the Panthers. The 2017 fourth-round pick logged his first catches since Week 2, the only other contest in which he'd shown up on the stat sheet prior to Thursday. Hollins brings impressive size at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds, and the fact that he outperformed struggling veteran Torrey Smith on Thursday could ultimately prove to have some significance. Hollins will look to continue expanding his role in the offense when the Eagles tangle with the Redskins in a Monday night divisional showdown in Week 7.
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|2||09/16||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||31||23.75|
|6||10/12||@New York Giants||25||20.75|
|11||11/18||@New Orleans Saints||20||20.00|
|12||11/25||New York Giants||25||20.75|
|15||12/17||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
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