Justin Hollins has landed with the second NFL team of his career: the Los Angeles Rams.
The former Oregon standout was claimed off waivers by the Rams on Sunday, after being cut by the Denver Broncos just one day earlier.
Hollins said he was “surprised” when the Broncos elected not to bring him back on the 53-man roster. However, the second-year linebacker is excited to rejoin Brandon Staley, his outside linebacker’s coach in Denver, now Rams defensive coordinator.
“It means the world to me,” Hollins told 9News. “It means the coach believed in me when he was here. And he still believes me to give me another opportunity to go out there and showcase my skills.”
In 15 games for the Broncos in 2019, Hollins had 21 tackles, one sack, two QB hits and two passes defensed. He generated four pressures as a pass rusher.
Before Hollins found his footing in the NFL, he played five seasons for the Oregon Ducks.
As a redshirt senior, Hollins received first-team All-Pac-12 honors after compiling 64 total tackles, including 14.5 for loss, 6.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, an interception and six passes defended. He was the only FBS player in 2018 with at least five sacks, five forced fumbles and an interception.
Hollins improved his draft stock in the East-West Shrine Game where he took home Defensive MVP honors for his 10 tackle, two sack and three tackle for loss performance. Hollins brought his athletic prowess to the NFL when he was selected by the Broncos in the fifth-round of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The 24-year-old is certainly a big pick up for the Rams as his versality and explosiveness are the perfect fit for Staley and Los Angeles to develop him into a well-rounded linebacker of the future.
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