Philadelphia Eagles rookie minicamp: 10 things we learned
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The Philadelphia Eagles wrapped rookie minicamp Sunday, and while it’s difficult to glean any grand notions, we did learn a few things Friday. The team opened the individual drills portion of practice to reporters, and players spoke in the locker room after.
Here’s a look at 10 takeaways.
Hollins, whom the Eagles drafted in the fourth round (118th overall), is a speedster who averaged more than 20 yards per catch at North Carolina. The 6-foot-4, 221-pound wideout was easily the most imposing figure in the group of receivers on the field, and he moved as smoothly as any of his teammates.
The Eagles struggled to score in the red zone last year, in part because a lack of sturdy pass-catching options. No Philly receiver had more than four touchdowns in 2016, and they could use a big and athletic target, which Hollins has the potential to become.
Hollins never caught more than 35 passes in a season at UNC. While his size and speed landed him as a fourth-round pick, he still needs to prove himself as a crisp route runner and consistent performer. A brief catching session Friday didn’t provide any hints about where Hollins stands in those areas.
It’s easy to see why Hollins was a top-notch special teams player for the Tar Heels. His long strides and large build make him an ideal gunner.