The Philadelphia Eagles should have learned something from Mack Hollins.
One day we’ll all be old and grey, and we’ll be able to hang out with the grandchildren and tell them about the time their favorite team, the Philadelphia Eagles, refused to give up on a wide receiver who decided he didn’t want to be a wide receiver at all. His name was Mack Hollins.
Once upon a time, the guy who began his career by wearing DeSean Jackson’s jersey number carried some of the hope of a starving Eagles fan base. He possessed a unique blend of size and speed, and that six-foot-four, 221-pound frame was on display early as a nice catch and run for a 38-yard score in a 2017 preseason game versus the Green Bay Packers whet the appetite of “Birds” fans everywhere.
It was supposed to be a sign of things to come. It wasn’t. These days, Hollins is more famous for wearing throwback Eagles jerseys on game days, for giving the number 10 jersey back to its rightful owner, DeSean Jackson, and for deciding he didn’t want to be a wide receiver at all (in 2019, he informed his coaches that he’d rather just play on special teams).
His run in Philly is over, but in some ways, he’s cast a dark shadow over this team, and it isn’t just about all of the failures this team has had at wide receiver. Here are two things the Eagles should have learned from Hollins’ time in Philly.