Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith seem to have a type when it comes to wide receiver.
Hollins had a breakout season with the Raiders in 2022. He had 57 catches for 690 yards and four touchdowns, starting 16 games in Las Vegas.
The 29-year old is in his seventh year out of the University of North Carolina, and had nearly half of his 1,440-career yards last year.
He had been considered a special-teams ace earlier in his career, especially at gunner. He logged over 500 snaps on special teams in 2020 and 2021 combined before getting a chance to be a full-time wide receiver last year.
This isn’t the first time the Falcons have gone big at wide receiver. Atlanta made a trade with the Raiders last year to get Bryan Edwards (6’3 / 212) before last season, but Edwards only started one game last year in Atlanta and had 91 snaps on offense.
That trade cost the Falcons their seventh-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Atlanta also signed Auden Tate (6’5 /230) prior to last season, but he failed to make an appearance for the Falcons in 2022.
The Falcons are on the hook for just $2.5 million for Hollins, but they’ll hope to get more production from him than they got from Edwards and Tate. He has excellent-body control and does well on contested catches.
A late bloomer, the Falcons hope he can compliment tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Drake London this year. His 690-yards receiving weren’t far off the 866 yards posted by London last year as a rookie.