Jacob Hollister will compete for a role as a reserve with the Seahawks this season after he was traded from New England to Seattle in April. With the Seahawks, Hollister will open training camp behind Will Dissly, Nick Vannett and Ed Dickson, but Dissly is coming off a severe knee injury last year. Hollister will have a lot to prove before Fantasy players can trust him, but he's worth keeping an eye on to see what his role will be in Seattle's offense. At best, he could be worth a late-round flier in deeper leagues
Hollister is making a good impression on offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer, John Boyle of Seahawks.com reports. "Terrific acquisition, he has had a great camp," Schottenheimer said. "The speed element is awesome, really good route runner. A lot like Tyler [Lockett] in terms of the instincts, just the ability to get open." The Lockett comparison is a bit much, but Schottenheimer at least is making his point that Hollister brings a different element to the Seattle tight end room, as none of the other healthy players is a natural pass catcher. The team does hope to have Will Dissly (knee) back for Week 1, and blocking may be more of a priority than receiving ability in a run-heavy offense. Hollister presumably is competing for a part-time role on passing downs, after coming over from New England in April in a trade for a conditional seventh-round pick. He'll need to battle for a spot on the 53-man roster.
The Seahawks have acquired Hollister from the Patriots in exchange for a conditional seventh-round draft pick in 2020, Bob Condotta of the Seattle Times reports. Presumably past the hamstring injury that he dealt with during the postseason, Hollister, who turns 26 in November, gives the Seahawks some added tight end depth with Will Dissly bouncing back from a knee injury. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder has notched just eight catches for 94 yards in 23 NFL games to date, but Hollister does offer a degree of pass-catching upside if he can stay on the field. From New England's perspective, the trade is somewhat surprising, considering the team did not select a tight end (which was viewed as a clear need) in the recent NFL Draft. With that in mind, it's possible the Patriots have another move brewing to address the position in the coming days.
The Patriots placed Hollister (hamstring) on injured reserve Tuesday. Hollister won't suit up for any of New England's playoff games, as his season officially comes to an end. The second-year tight end caught four catches for 52 yards, essentially matching his production from his rookie year.
Hollister finished the 2018 season with four catches on five targets for 52 yards in eight games. Injuries marred Hollister's campaign, but he's under contract with the Patriots through 2019 and is thus poised to have an opportunity to secure a role as a depth tight end with the team next season. The 25-year-old has some pass-catching upside, but he'll need to find a way to stay on the field more going forward in order for that to translate into any degree of fantasy utility.
Hollister (hamstring) is ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets. Hollister will now miss his seventh game of the season due to injury. Dwayne Allen (knee) could see a slight uptick in snaps in Hollister's absence.
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|10||11/12||@San Francisco 49ers||4||4.75|
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