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.