New England Patriots: Jacob Hollister a shocking minicamp star
One of the surprising stars that emerged from New England Patriots minicamp is second-year tight end Jacob Hollister.
Jacob Hollister was a non-factor in his first year in the NFL. The New England Patriots signed him as an undrafted rookie so fans weren’t expecting him to light it up. Hollister is looking to make a bigger impact on the offensive side of the ball this season.
Hollister played in 15 games last season and only started once. In his time on the field, he only registered 4 catches for 42 yards. Not exactly setting the world on fire.
Hollister’s main role last season was on special teams. He maintained his roster spot thanks to his great play on punt and kickoff returns.
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Hollister knew that he would have to improve to get more playing time on the offense. This offseason, Hollister worked with New England Patriots strength coach Moses Cabrera to build some muscle and become a better athlete. Thanks to the work Hollister put in he should be a better blocker and also should be able to fight off defenders to gain space and make some catches.
Hollister has been doing everything right so far in minicamp. He is running clean routes and making some great catches.
Hollister has a great chance to make the jump this season. He will have the opportunity to build some chemistry with Tom Brady and show that he is an effective offensive player.
The starting tight end job is locked up for the near future, but the backup tight end battle is the fiercest it has been in a long time.