New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick likes Jacob and Cody Hollister enough that both were able to earn spots in the organization after going undrafted in the Class of 2017, but having both in the team facility on a regular basis is also a minor inconvenience for the legendary coach.
Because, despite the fact that Jacob was asked to bulk up when he was at junior college to play tight end, Belichick admitted on Friday that he has a hard time telling the fraternal twins apart, according to Zack Cox of NESN.com.
The brothers played high school and junior college ball together but split ways when Cody received an offer to play in the SEC at Arkansas and Jacob landed at Wyoming. However, the pair reunited professionally in Patriots camp with Jacob making the 53-man roster and Cody nabbing a practice squad spot.
Jacob has shown promise as the third tight end in New England while Cody (who is 90 minutes older) provides some depth at wide receiver. And, while the Patriots have some experience recently with twins thanks to Devin McCourty and his twin brother Jason, this is the first time they’ve had twin brothers in the building under Belichick.
Perhaps that actually explains why the Patriots weren’t players for Jason McCourty despite a need at cornerback when he became a free agent this offseason.
All joking aside though, the Hollister twins have made a clear impression on Belichick as football players otherwise he’d probably be somewhat averse to the novelty aspect of having a pair of twin brothers in the organization.