Getty Former Rams linebacker Justin Hollins is returning to Los Angeles via the Chargers after a brief stint with the New York Giants.
Exactly 10 days after his debut with the New York Giants, outside linebacker Justin Hollins was poached from the NYG practice squad, according to Daniel Popper of The Athletic.
As The Athletic’s beat reporter for the Los Angeles Chargers, Popper reported that LAC “placed edge rusher Chris Rumph (foot) on IR, signed edge rusher Justin Hollins from.” [the] NYG practice squad signed TE Stephen Anderson [the] practice squad and released DB Mark Webb [the] Practice Group” on November 15th.
According to Pro Football Reference, Hollins recorded 12 special teams snaps for the Giants against the Las Vegas Raiders. He was first signed to the practice squad on October 24, but did not appear in a game until Week 9.
Hollins was not credited with any statistics during his short tenure with the Giants.
Former Giants LB Justin Hollins returns to Los Angeles
After starting his career with the Denver Broncos, Hollins enjoyed his best NFL time with the Los Angeles Rams from 2020 to part of 2022.
Not only was he part of a Super Bowl run in LA, but the veteran also collected six sacks and five tackles for a loss in 34 regular season games. Hollins also appeared in six playoff games with LAR, recording eight total tackles and two QB hits.
The Green Bay Packers acquired the former fifth-round talent in the second half of the 2022 season, and he remained there until October 21, 2023. Big Blue signed Hollins to the practice squad after the Packers released him.
Now he’s heading back west to join his fifth NFL organization in five years.
Following the departure of Justin Hollins, the Giants need to fill a spot on the practice squad
With Hollins gone, expect a new addition to NYG sometime this week. There is now a practice squad spot to fill, and it will be interesting to see what the Giants do with it.
One possibility would be a veteran replacement. Hollins was a special teams player and a potential backup on defense. He also had playoff experience and saw firsthand what it takes to win in this league.
The new signing could be a similar type of player, but shouldn’t be.
With the season out of reach, the Giants should focus on younger talent. For example, a recent proposal called for the G-Men to sign former second-round cornerback Greedy Williams.
This is just a theory, but overall NYG should focus on the future. This mindset includes players already on the roster, but should also include new additions aimed at creating a competitive atmosphere for 2024.
Michael Obermüller He covers the Kansas City Chiefs, New York Giants, Miami Dolphins and Cincinnati Bengals for Heavy.com, where he began working in 2021. A New York native and Quinnipiac graduate, his previous credits include FanDuel’s The Duel, King Fantasy Sports and Pro Football Mania. More about Michael Obermüller
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