Mack Hollins continues to impress
When it comes to the Las Vegas Raiders’ offensive pecking order, there’s no doubt which players will get the majority of the targets.
Wide receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow and tight end Darren Waller are all likely to leave for a big game at any time, not to mention the Raiders have multiple running backs who can catch passes.
Adams, however, is the only one of those players who is profiled as an outside receiver, with the other starting spot opposite Adams still to be decided.
Among the multiple candidates vying for this spot, a six-year veteran mac hollins could be the one starting to get ahead.
He’s only had two catches in the Raiders’ two preseason games they’ve played so far, but Hollins offers more than just a wide receiver.
Hollins has extensive special teams experience in his career and isn’t afraid to do the dirty work, like blocking for an infraction.
Having those extra skills can be invaluable to a team, and Hollins was able to show that by fielding some standout special teams in the Raiders’ win over the Minnesota Vikings.
There’s also the thought that Hollins could still have a higher ceiling as a receiver than he’s shown in the limited opportunities he’s had so far in his career.
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He brings a prototypical height at 6-foot-4 and 221 pounds, and showed he can make big plays last season, averaging 15.9 yards per catch.
Having that kind of threat against Adams can pay dividends, although Hollins won’t be a major part of the Raiders’ offense.
What matters most is that he can help a team in a number of ways, which should please Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels.
Coming from a New England Patriots team that sought versatility in players, Hollins’ ability fits that kind of philosophy perfectly.
Nothing is guaranteed yet, of course, with other receivers like Keelan Cole still competing for the same spot.
Knowing that Hollins can thrive in multiple phases of the game could end up being the difference once the games start to count.
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