NE Patriots Keep Bend Native on 53-Man Final Roster

Mountain View High School alum Jacob Hollister practiced today as a member of the regular season roster for the New England PatriotsThe undrafted rookie free agent beat out other rookies and veteran James O’Shaughnessy at training camp to secure the 3rd-string spot at tight end behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.

The Boston Globe’s beat reporter for the Patriots, Jim McBride, spoke to Central Oregon Daily on Saturday after the roster decision was announced. “Jacob really impressed from the moment camp started and was one of the offensive surprises of the summer,” said McBride. “He provides the Patriots with that athletic, stretch-the-field tight end to complement Rob Gronkowski and Dwyane Allen and his work on kick coverage teams is a big bonus.”

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough today and got a chance to talk with Jacob before practice. Allison will have live reports from Foxborough on Central Oregon Daily on Monday (Labor Day) at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ

Bend Native Clears Waivers and Joins Patriots’ Practice Squad

Wide receiver Cody Hollister is back on the practice field with the New England Patriots in Foxborough, Massachusetts today after being signed to the team’s practice squad.

The Mountain View High School alum was cut on Saturday, but coaches told him they would sign him to the practice squad if no other team picked him up off waivers. As a practice squad member, Cody will attend all team practices and meetings and training sessions, but he will not be in uniform for any of the games unless he gets promoted during the season, which can happen at any time.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough today and got a chance to talk to Cody before he returned to the practice field. Allison will have live reports from Foxborough on Central Oregon Daily on Monday (Labor Day) at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on KOHD and 7 p.m. on KBNZ

Hollister Twins “On the Bubble” as Patriots’ Coaching Staff Makes Final Roster Cuts This Weekend

The heat is on Friday night for hundreds of young football players as they wait to find out whether they will make the final roster cuts in the NFLTeams have until 4 p.m. EST on Saturday to reduce their rosters from 90 players to 53. Two of those players are twin brothers from Bend, who played in their final preseason game for the New England Patriots on Thursday night and made quite an impression on the Patriots’ coaches and fans.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where she has the latest on Mountain View High School alums, Jacob and Cody Hollister.

Hollisters’ Final Push for NFL

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker was at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts less than an hour before kickoff of the New England Patriots final preseason game vs. the New York Giants on Thursday night to talk with Jim McBride, the Patriots Beat Reporter for the Boston Globe, about what the game meant to Jacob and Cody Hollister’s chances of making the final roster after the 90-man squad is cut down to 53 this weekend.

Twin Brothers from Bend Make a Combined Five Catches in Final NFL Preseason Game with the Patriots

Jacob and Cody Hollister, twin brothers from Bend and Mountain View High School alums, took advantage of the last opportunities they had to secure a roster spot on the defending champion New England Patriots during the team’s final preseason game versus the New York Giants on Thursday night.

Jacob started the game at tight end and made one catch during the opening drive, and finished the game with four catches for 26 yards and a TD, leaving him with a total of 12 catches in the preseason for the Patriots. He’s fighting for the third TE spot behind Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen, but the other tight end fighting for that same spot, James O’Shaughnessy, had two catches for 38 yards and also saw a lot of action throughout the game.

Cody started the night by catching a nine-yard touchdown pass on the Patriots’ opening drive of the game, and it was a pretty difficult grab with a defender all over him, but he managed to hold on to the ball and keep both feet in-bounds in the end zone. That was his only catch of the game, but it was an impressive one. He ended the preseason with two catches. He’s vying for the fifth and sixth wide receiver spots after a season-ending injury to Julian Edleman last week left another possible receiver spot open at the bottom of the depth chart.

Both Hollisters got on the field throughout the game which ended with a 40-38 victory by the Giants.

Every NFL team must cut its roster from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, so we will see if the Hollisters’ effort was enough to land them on that final roster. If not, there is a chance they could end up on the 10-man offensive practice squad, which would keep them with the team, and give them a chance to be promoted to the squad in the event of an injury at their positions during the season.

Central Oregon Daily’s Allison Roecker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts tonight and will be talking to Jacob and Cody after the game, and you can see her interview with the Hollisters on Friday on Central Oregon Daily.

Twin Brothers from Bend Try to Make Their NFL Dreams Come True

If you had to name one NFL team that set the bar for the rest of the league since the turn of the century, it would have to be the defending Super Bowl champions, the New England PatriotsAs they get ready to play their first preseason game Thursday night, two rookies from Bend will step on the field, hoping to realize their dreams of playing in the NFL.

Central Oregon Daily’s Eric Lindstrom gives us an update on the Hollister twins, Jacob and Cody, as they go through the hard knocks of an NFL training camp.

UPDATE: Bend’s own Jacob Hollister made a big impression in the team’s first preseason game versus the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night with seven catches for 116 yards. The tight end is trying to earn a spot behind veterans Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Jacob’s twin brother, Cody, had been nursing a sore shoulder in training camp this week and hopes to see some action in the 2nd preseason game next week.

OSU Football Returns to Bend for Summer Camp

When most of us think “summer camp,” we picture lakes, camping, and roasting marshmallows by the fire. However, for the Oregon State University Football team, summer camp is a “trial by fire” to see who can crack the starting line-up during two-a-days under the hot, Central Oregon sun.

Anyssa Bohanan caught up with the players today at Summit High School where they’ll be practicing through the end of the week.