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Eagles finally release Mack Hollins

Eagles finally release Mack Hollins

Mack Hollins, who hasn’t had a catch since September, won’t even have an opportunity anymore. 

The Eagles on Tuesday afternoon waived the 2017 fourth-round pick. 

Hollins, 26, was actually contributing earlier this season, but his last catch came on Sept. 26 against the Packers. Since then, Hollins played 204 snaps in eight games without a catch on five targets. 

To fill Hollins’ place on the roster, the Eagles called up undrafted guard Sue Opeta from the practice squad. The Eagles wanted to sign Opeta to the active roster after another team wanted to sign him away. (The Eagles also signed DT Kevin Wilkins to fill Opeta’s practice squad spot.) 

And recently, Hollins’ role on offense had rightfully decreased. 

What made Hollins’ lack of production so frustrating this year was the Eagles’ refusal to even acknowledge that it was a problem. 

Here’s what receivers coach Carson Walch said about Hollins in early November after five straight games without a catch: 

I don’t think there’s a direct reason. I know production is a word that’s getting thrown around a lot. Production as a player to me isn’t just how many catches you have in a given week. Each guy on our team has a role and right now Mack Hollins has done a very good job at his role, and a lot of it is blocking, but he’s running all the routes we’re asking him to run, he’s getting to his depth and when the ball comes to Mack he’ll make a play for us.

Yeah, that was pretty infuriating for Eagles fans. 

In recent weeks, the Eagles began limiting Hollins’ playing time. He played 12 snaps against the Patriots and just 10 in the last two weeks. The Eagles have finally started to play second-round pick J.J. Arcega-Whiteside more.

 

With Hollins gone, the Eagles have four members left of their eight-man draft class from 2017: Derek Barnett, Sidney Jones, Rasul Douglas and Nathan Gerry. 

While Barnett is a starter and Gerry is a prominent role player, Jones has been a healthy scratch and Douglas has become a backup again. 

The Hollins move means the Eagles have now cut him and Jordan Matthews in consecutive weeks. These two guys played big roles for the Eagles at times this year, which highlights how bad things have been at the receiver position. 

Hollins actually had a somewhat promising rookie season (16 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown) before missing the entire 2018 year. He returned in 2019 and found his way on the field but wasn’t able to stick. 

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Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

Eagles sign long snapper Rick Lovato to 4-year contract extension

A few years ago, Rick Lovato was working in his family’s restaurant, Joyce’s Subs and Pizza, in Lincroft, New Jersey, just waiting for a chance.

He wasn’t the best at making pizza, but Lovato could make a mean breakfast sandwich. 

Maybe he still can, but Lovato won’t have to worry about picking up an apron again anytime soon. He’s in the middle of what might end up being a long and profitable NFL career. 

The Eagles on Tuesday signed the 27-year-old long snapper to a four-year extension that will keep him in Philadelphia through the 2023 season. 

Lovato has been playing this season on a one-year deal he signed in February and was scheduled to become a restricted free agent after this season. It’s worth noting that kicker Jake Elliott and punter Cameron Johnston are also in the final years of their contracts, so perhaps another move or two will be coming. 

While this deal won’t break the bank the way Brandon Brooks’ extension did last week, the Eagles seem interested right now in re-signing some players they want to keep around. 

The Eagles initially signed Lovato in December of 2016 after Jon Dorenbos broke his wrist. Lovato performed well enough that the Eagles traded Dorenbos the following August and made Lovato their full-time long snapper. 

Lovato has played in 45 regular-season games and five playoff games with the Eagles, including Super Bowl LII. He has a giant Lombardi Trophy tattooed on his side. 

Being a long snapper is kind of like being an offensive lineman in some ways. The less you hear about the long snapper, the more likely he’s performing well and not making mistakes. So, for Lovato’s sake, hopefully this is the last time you hear his name for a few years.  

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Eagles claim Marcus Epps off waivers, who was released when Vikings added Andrew Sendejo

Eagles claim Marcus Epps off waivers, who was released when Vikings added Andrew Sendejo

The Eagles on Thursday were awarded a waiver claim for safety Marcus Epps, a rookie sixth-round pick from Wyoming.

Epps was released Wednesday after the Vikings claimed safety Andrew Sendejo on waivers after he was released by the Eagles.

Oddly enough.

Epps becomes the 69th player on the Eagles’ 53-man roster this year. 

Epps doesn’t have the experience the 10-year veteran Sendejo has, but he also has never tried to decapitate a teammate, as far as we can tell.

Epps has played in eight of the Vikings’ nine games, getting 76 snaps on special teams and 12 on defense. 

In four years at Wyoming, where he started as a walk-on, Epps had nine interceptions, 19½ tackles for loss and 22 pass breakups. He wasn’t invited to the NFL scouting combine.

He’s the first Wyoming player on the Eagles’ roster since safety Chris Prosinski played in eight games in 2014.

The Eagles are back up to 10 defensive backs on the roster, including corners Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills, Avonte Maddox, Rasul Douglas, Sidney Jones and Craig James and safeties Rodney McLeod, Malcolm Jenkins, Rudy Ford and Epps.

Here’s a look at everybody the Eagles have added since the initial 53-man roster was set on Aug. 1. Out of this group, Ellis, Spence, Ward, Scandrick and Lewis are no longer with the team, although Ward is on the practice squad.

TE Alex Ellis
DT Akeem Spence
CB Craig James
WR Greg Ward
CB Orlando Scandrick
LB Duke Riley
CB Ryan Lewis
RB Boston Scott
LB Alex Singleton
CB Jalen Mills
DT Anthony Rush
DT Albert Huggins
DT Bruce Hector
DE Genard Avery
WR Jordan Matthews
S Marcus Epps

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