The 2021 season has been a wild roller coaster of ups and downs for the Miami Dolphins, if in August I told you Miami was going to have a 7-game losing streak after beating the Patriots at Foxborough, you’d think I’m crazy. . But even crazier would be how the Dolphins would win 3 in a row, including a defensive master class against Lamar Jackson, and to top it off with a 4-7 record they are only 2 games behind the teams currently in the playoffs. Must love the NFL, eh? But today I want to be thankful for the underrated dolphins, specifically Mack Hollins.
Mack Hollins isn’t the flashiest receiver, doesn’t get the most separation or as many targets, but man is he reliable. In 11 weeks of football, Hollins recorded just 12 receptions for 178 yards, but many of those yards came in at key times. Like a 4th & 2 against the Jaguars in the second quarter where Tua Tagovailoa found Mack Hollins for a 20-yard completion to keep the drive alive. Or against the Texans, where the Dolphins were down 6-3 with 33 seconds left at halftime and Jacoby Brissett found Mack Hollins in 3rd and goal for a tough grab into the end zone to score the touchdown.
I could go on, I mean Hollins would have caught the game by winning the touchdown against the Falcons, if Atlanta hadn’t kept going down for the basket after the Dolphins scored. And I mean, how could we forget, the pass … the pass heard around the world. Because it was Mack Hollins who was Tua’s first over 50-yard bomb receiver and he ultimately made the extra play to stay within touchdown limits.
Let’s not forget that Mack Hollins is also a jack of all trades given that he is also a key part of Miami’s special teams and has played many games on this side of the ball as well. While he might not have any of the fancy traits that some other WRs the Dolphins have like Jaylen Waddle, Hollins brings something so valuable and that is availability.
Mack Hollins is easily the toughest WR on the team given that most of his catches are contested and on contact, he’s never injured and can take a hit better than most of the WR room for Miami. Qualities that Will Fuller, Devante Parker and Preston Williams cannot provide to the team.
Sometimes the best capacity is uptime and that’s something that makes me a Mack Hollins fan because Sunday after Sunday no matter how exhausted the WR room may be, he’s always there, ready to play. Whether he gets 5 targets or no targets, Hollins will play his best with every snap, and being able to do it on both sides of the ball and be a part of the heart and soul of the team is why he is captain of the team. Miami Dolphins.
Mack Hollins might not have a big influence on Miami’s offense right now, but he definitely has a special connection to his QB Tua Tagovailoa, and the more trust they gain with each other, the more we could. see Hollins become a key factor for the Dolphins offense going forward.
I’m grateful for the underrated, but wanted to take this time to show my appreciation for one of the more sleepy pieces on the offensive side of the ball. Many of you might feel the same way about Hollins, but feel free to comment on any of your favorite underrated players to be grateful for this Thanksgiving.
Thanks for reading and happy turkey party! Hope everyone has a good day with their loved ones.