Mack Hollins

Mack Hollins has perfect response to giving DeSean Jackson No. 10

Mack Hollins has perfect response to giving DeSean Jackson No. 10

DeSean Jackson shared the news at his re-introductory press conference on Thursday that he worked out a deal to get his old No. 10 jersey back from fellow wideout Mack Hollins.

DeSean didn't share the specifics on what went into the deal, but did say "we worked it out."

It's the right move to let the vet get his old number back.

Hollins has been wearing No. 10 for the past few seasons including the magical Super Bowl season in 2017. But DeSean put together some of the most memorable plays in Eagles history while wearing No. 10 in his first stint with the team.

Eagles fans everywhere who had old No. 10 Jackson jerseys sitting in the back of their closet are likely stoked they can break them out again. And Hollins added some humor to the news, joking about how much money he saved fans from having to purchase new Jackson jerseys this time around.

That, of course, is a photo of Hollins from the Super Bowl parade that he helped bring to Philly. Only this time the Geico gecko makes an appearance. The raw Photoshop likely took only 15 minutes.

Hopefully we find out some more details on what Hollins received from DeSean but at least we know Mack's being a good sport about the change.

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Eagles Mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years

Eagles Mailbag: Trying to predict the team in five years

We got to the first batch of your questions (including my confidence level in Carson Wentz) Saturday (see story), but we have plenty more to get to.

Let’s hop in:

That means in February of 2024, so we’re through the 2023 season, which sounds like it’s about 50 years in the future. Will there be flying cars yet?

Anyway, here’s my answer: Carson Wentz, Derek Barnett, Fletcher Cox.

Wentz was the easiest one. He’s going to get a mega deal this offseason or next offseason and if he’s as good as the Eagles think he’s going to be, he’s not going anywhere for a long time. Don’t even worry about the contract. If he’s an MVP-level player, the Eagles will pay.

Barnett might be an interesting answer, but his contract runs through the 2020 season and since he was a first-round pick, he’ll have a fifth-year option for 2021. Then I’m kind of assuming the next contract extension would get him to this target date.

And Cox is under contract through the 2023 season, although he’d probably need to extend before then. He’s 28 but just had the best season of his NFL career in 2019. His cap number goes kind of crazy over the next three years, but the Eagles can’t afford to lose him.

(I thought about Zach Ertz or Dallas Goedert but decided to stay away from both of them because even though Ertz is suddenly on pace to possibly become a Hall of Famer, the Eagles might eventually have to choose between them. So I just stayed away from both.)

Alshon Jeffery, Nelson Agholor and Mack Hollins are the ones I’m most confident in. I still think there’s a chance they bring back Mike Wallace on the cheap and then look for another free agent to pursue. Shelton Gibson is under contract, but he’s anything but a given. I don’t see Golden Tate or Jordan Matthews returning, but if I had to guess on one, I’d say Matthews because he’d be cheaper and has a connection with Wentz.

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I got into this question in a little more depth earlier this offseason, when I listed five on defense (see story) and five on offense (see story).

I think the most likely position they’ll get in the offseason is a receiver. They need to round out that unit and they’ve been doing that for the last couple offseasons.

I think there’s a chance the Eagles sign a running back, but I don’t think either of those guys will be it for different reasons. I could see the Eagles bringing in a running back, but I can’t see them spending a ton of money to do it. It’s also possible they leave the draft with one in a mid-round.

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NFL free agency 2019: A comprehensive look at Eagles’ receivers

NFL free agency 2019: A comprehensive look at Eagles’ receivers

Reuben Frank, Dave Zangaro and Andrew Kulp continue the 2019 edition of Stay or Go, trying to figure out the future of the Philadelphia Eagles. 

Today, they’ll look at wide receiver. 

Alshon Jeffery

Roob: Although his season ended with one of the most disappointing plays of his career, Jeffery’s value is tremendous and goes way beyond his numbers. He plays hurt, makes big plays, gets into the end zone (15 TDs the last two years) and he’s proved himself to be a big-time playoff receiver (23-for-364-3 the last two postseasons). That $14.725 million cap figure is sizeable — ninth-highest among wide outs in 2019 — but Jeffery has shown he’s worth it.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: In back-to-back seasons, Jeffery has played through a torn rotator cuff and fractured ribs. He’s a gamer and even though the numbers aren’t mind-blowing, he’s consistently very good and the Eagles’ best receiver. He has a cap hit of over $14 million this season, but he’s not going anywhere. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: Jeffery has always been great at the highlight-reel catches. In 2018, he was reliable too, hauling in 70.7 percent of targets — 18th among wideouts and 10 percent better than his career high. Jeffery also finished the regular season with more receptions and receiving yards than the previous year despite playing three fewer games. Forget the Saints game. He’ll be 29 and still one of the most dangerous receivers in the NFL.

Verdict: Stays

Mike Wallace

Roob: Wallace had an unimpressive preseason, didn’t catch a pass in his first two regular-season games in an Eagles uniform and then suffered a season-ending injury. He’ll be 33 when training camp begins next summer, and I just don’t see the Eagles bringing back a 33-year-old free agent receiver. They need to get younger and faster here. Wallace made sense for a look-see last year but that ship has sailed.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: Wallace wasn’t just supposed to be a replacement for Torrey Smith, he was supposed to be an upgrade. He never got that chance. He’s 32 and is coming off a serious injury, but I kind of have a feeling he’s a candidate for a prove-it deal. He seemed to like it here, the Eagles still need speed and they won’t have a lot of money to spend for it. 

Verdict: Stays

Kulp: Impossible to evaluate Wallace, who played in two games before suffering a season-ending fractured fibula. His lone catch came in the preseason, and all his game action was with Nick Foles under center rather than Carson Wentz. Who can say whether he was a fit or not? That’s a problem. The Eagles need a vertical threat, but should let Wallace, 32, walk in free agency for the sake of getting younger.

Verdict: Goes

Golden Tate

Roob: I didn’t think there was a chance Tate would be back considering what the Eagles have at the position, considering the kind of contract he’ll probably be looking for and considering the modest production they got from him after the late-October trade. Then the Eagles fired WR coach Gunter Brewer, and it makes me wonder if Tate’s limited production and Brewer’s departure were related. If so, maybe Tate’s back.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Tate has been vocal about wanting to stay in Philly, but if the Eagles need to decide between him and Nelson Agholor, they’ve got to go with the younger player. There wasn’t enough production or even an understanding of how to properly use Tate. Also, I think Tate is going to be too expensive for them and it’s probably best to move on. 

Verdict: Goes

Kulp: Remember when the Eagles traded a third-round pick for this guy? Well, he finished with 37 catches, 342 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games (including postseason) — and now he’s a free agent. Tate is an outstanding possession receiver, and I imagine some receiver-needy team can outspend the Eagles to acquire his skill set. So, nice trade.

Verdict: Goes

Nelson Agholor

Roob: I’m not sure what to make of Nelly. He had an odd year. Had a lot of big plays but the final numbers weren’t where I thought they’d be. He’s only 25 and I still feel like he’s a weapon, but that $9.387 million salary is imposing. It would make him one of the 25 highest-paid WRs in the NFL next year. The Eagles could get out of it even though they already exercised his option. Curious situation. Going with the gut feeling here.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: He’s under contract on a fifth-year option year that will pay him over $9 million in 2019, but I’d seriously consider an extension for Agholor. Sure, his production was kind of up and down in 2018, but I still think he’s a player worth signing and he can be really good if they keep him in the slot. They could also alleviate some of that cap hit with a long-term deal. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: No way the Eagles are paying Agholor $9.3 million in 2019. However, an extension might be mutually beneficial. The club gets a lower cap hit this year and next, Agholor gets some security and a chance to earn bigger paydays in 2021 and beyond. Seems wise after two straight years over 60 catches and 700 yards, plus the fact that he’s under contract means both sides have a reason to work it out.

Verdict: Stays

Jordan Matthews

Roob: Matthews quietly made a nice impact after rejoining the Eagles early in the season, with 20 catches for 300 yards and a couple TDs plus a 37-yard TD in the playoff loss to the Saints. That’s tremendous production considering his $697,059 cap figure. If Matthews is willing to take another bargain-basement contract, I’m happy to bring him back.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: Matthews came back and really contributed down the stretch for the Eagles. But the problem is still pretty clear. He’s best suited for the slot and that’s where Agholor plays. Perhaps he could be a depth player, but those spots are normally reserved for guys who chip in on special teams. He’s one of Carson Wentz’s best friends, but I’m not sure that’s enough. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: For better or worse, Matthews is a guy Wentz trusts — with Foles at the helm, he didn’t have a catch in three of five games. That rapport matters, especially for a young quarterback trying to rebuild his confidence. Matthews played well enough to get some calls after the big-name free agents sign, but he’d probably stick around if the Eagles make an offer.

Verdict: Stays

Shelton Gibson

Roob: Gibson had a 48-yard catch against the Vikings in Week 5 and then played 12 more snaps all year and even saw his special teams snaps gradually drop (112 first half of the year, 39 the second half). Which speaks volumes about how the Eagles feel about Gibson, their fifth-round pick last year. I thought Gibson would be a factor this year, but it’s tough to imagine him playing a role with this team moving forward.

Verdict: Goes

Dave: He turned himself into a pretty good gunner on the punt team, but I’m not sure that’s enough to keep him around. He hasn’t been able to produce offensively, even when the Eagles desperately needed a deep threat this season. It’ll probably depend on what happens in the draft. For now, I have him losing his spot, but that could change if no one gets drafted. 

Verdict: Goes 

Kulp: Not a good sign Gibson didn’t get a shot before the Eagles signed Matthews off the street mid-season, or over DeAndre Carter who isn’t even here anymore. The former fifth-round draft pick’s role even diminished on special teams as the year progressed. Not sure what happened here. Doesn’t matter. Gibson has clearly fallen out of favor.

Verdict: Goes

Mack Hollins

Roob: What we all thought was a minor injury — and what Hollins said was a minor injury — wound up costing Hollins his entire second NFL season. He didn’t play a snap. I do know Hollins when healthy is a very good special teamer, so I’d think he’ll likely be back at a minimum in that role. But I could also see the Eagles drafting a receiver or two, which could put Hollins’ roster spot in jeopardy.

Verdict: Stays

Dave: I’m assuming Hollins is still alive because I haven’t actually seen him in months. The IR disappearing act of Hollins in 2018 will go down as the Area 51 in the Eagles’ 2018 season. If he can get healthy, he’s at least a really good special teams player on his rookie contract. 

Verdict: Stays 

Kulp: It may feel like Hollins is no longer in the Eagles’ plans after a lost season, but if he can get healthy, he’s got a spot. The 25-year-old was a major special teams contributor as a rookie, not to mention flashed some potential at receiver. Hollins could even be the deep threat this team so desperately needs.

Verdict: Stays

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