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 caught his only target for a 64-yard touchdown in Monday night's win over the Redskins. The 2017 third-round pick was wide open after he ran by everyone on the defense and took a perfectly placed ball from Carson Wentz all the way to the house. The rookie has played fewer than 10 snaps in four of his last five games but has received targets in his last two contests, so his usage is trending upward. After making a play like that, it will be interesting to see if his involvement in the offense increases, especially with veteran receiver Torrey Smith struggling.
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.
The Eagles selected Hollins in the fourth round of the 2017 NFL Draft, 118th overall. The former walk-on at North Carolina was on his way to an impressive senior season in Chapel Hill before his campaign was cut short due to a collarbone injury. A big-play threat, he averaged 19.3 yards per reception in 2016 after toasting opposing defenses for 24.8 YPR as a junior. At 6-foot-4, 210, Hollins is a big-bodied receiver that can get behind the defense and cause problems in the red zone. Unfortunately, the Eagles' emphasis on adding established receivers in the offseason likely means that Hollins will be limited to special teams early in his career. Still, Hollins has intriguing traits and could become a deep threat as he develops.
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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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