On a night when the biggest headline was a possible serious injury to their starting wide receiver, Julian Edelman, the New England Patriots also got to see Mountain View High School alum, Cody Hollister (#81), make his first preseason catch.
Edelman went down with a knee injury during the first drive of the Patriots’ 30-28 victory over the Lions in Detroit on Friday night. That paved the way for WR Chris Hogan to have a big night with four catches for 70 yards, and it may have opened the door for Cody Hollister to get more playing time, and he took advantage of the opportunity with his first catch of the preseason for 31 yards. It was the only time he was targeted during the game.
Cody’s brother, Jacob (#48), was the Patriots’ leading receiver in the team’s first game with seven catches and made one catch in the second preseason game as he tries to earn the #3 tight end spot on the roster behind veterans, Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen.
The Hollister brothers graduated from Mountain View High School, and Jacob went on to play tight end at Wyoming while Cody played wide receiver at Arkansas. Neither player was picked during the NFL Draft, but the Patriots immediately signed both brothers as undrafted free agents after the draft ended.
The Hollister brothers get one more chance to make an impression on Patriots’ coaches in the team’s final preseason game on Thursday night in Foxborough versus the New York Giants. After that, the team’s roster will be cut from 90 players to 53 by 4 p.m. EST on Sunday, September 3.