Philadelphia Eagles: Is Mack Hollins finally able to participate with the team?

CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins
CHARLOTTE, NC - OCTOBER 12: Mack Hollins /

Philadelphia Eagles’ wideout Mack Hollins hasn’t participated in team drills since last year. Finally, he’s getting back into the mix.

The mystery of Mack Hollins has been one of the strangest storylines of the past year. In 2018, the Philadelphia Eagles were one of the most injured teams in the NFL — that’s no secret. However, the handling of the injuries and the reporting was what made the entire season feel much more frustrating than it needed to be. Everything was reported to the media as vaguely as possible. And if guys were on the injured reserve, the Eagles wouldn’t even think about giving any details.

We found that out the hard way with Eagles’ third-year wide receiver, Mack Hollins. In 2017, Hollins was drafted to the Eagles in the fourth round. Though he acquired some snaps on offense as a wideout, his primary focus for the Eagles was on special teams. As the teams’ ace, Hollins was an essential figure for the Eagles’ Super Bowl run, but he was useless the following season.

Before the 2018 offseason kicked off, Hollins underwent surgery, which forced him to miss all of OTAs and mandatory minicamp. He would soon return by training camp and made it out on the field during week one of the preseason. However, that day would be the last time we saw Hollins in action. Apparently, he suffered a groin injury, which forced him to get another surgery. And since the day he was placed on the injured reserve, Doug Pederson and the Eagles’ coaching staff didn’t have much to say regarding Hollins’ situation.

Is he finally back?

Is Mack Hollins alive? The answer is yes. Is Mack Hollins officially back? We’re not quite sure, but we believe so. On Tuesday, Doug Pederson met with the media to discuss the start of mandatory minicamp. He wasn’t asked anything about Mack Hollins, as more important news came out this week regarding the team. But we were surprised to find out that Hollins would be on the field at the Nova Care Complex strapped up with a helmet and running team drills.

Over the last three weeks, Hollins was present for voluntary OTAs, but he didn’t do much. On a separate field, Hollins would get in some individual light workouts, not equipped. This week though, it’s a different story. He’s in line with the team, running full speed routes and catching passes. He’s making baby steps to a return here, but we can’t help but be a bit overly optimistic. Hollins has a lot to prove, but the promise he showed while healthy during his rookie season calls for some excitement ahead of the 2019 NFL season.

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