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 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.
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, he could be a big-time breakout candidate in 2018.
Hollins finished the 2017 regular season with 16 receptions on 22 targets for 226 yards and a touchdown.
Hollins showed flashes this season and went from being targeted in only one of the season's first five games to making at least one catch in each of the seven games leading up to Carson Wentz's Week 14 injury. The beginning of the rookie's streak coincided with poor performances from Torrey Smith, and the kid seemed poised to leapfrog the veteran on the depth chart for a time. Smith rebounded but is likely to continue to cede more work to the 2017 fourth-round pick in the future.
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.
|P3||8/23/18||@ CLE||8:00 pm|
|2||9/16/18||@ TB||1:00 pm|
|4||9/30/18||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
|6||10/11/18||@ NYG||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ JAC||9:30 am|
|Bye: Week 9|
|11||11/18/18||@ NO||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ DAL||4:25 pm|
|15||12/16/18||@ LAR||8:20 pm|
|17||12/30/18||@ WAS||1:00 pm|
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