After the New England Patriots added Dwayne Allen in a trade with the Indianapolis Colts, it didn’t appear that there would be much playing time available for rookie tight end Jacob Hollister.
With superstar Rob Gronkowski having incentives built into his deal designed to keep him on the field, Hollister was simply added to the 53-man roster for depth purposes. However, with Allen having less of an impact than originally intended and Gronkowski missing Week 14 with a suspension, Hollister will be in an expanded role and he’s ready.
“I would say you always feel prepared to a certain extent, and I knew with Gronk being out this week I have to step up,” Hollister said Wednesday according to Doug Kyed of the NESN.com. “At some point everyone has to step up, and this is my week to step up. I’ll just go in there and execute.”
Hollister has only played in 60 offensive snaps this year and has 3 catches for 37 yards on 7 targets. However, both he and Allen are due for a major uptick in action on Monday against the Dolphins.
The Patriots also claimed Martellus Bennett off waivers to supplement their depth, but a pre-existing shoulder injury landed him on injured reserve after just two games. So now it’s Hollister’s turn to step in for Gronkowski.