The Green Bay Packers are in a situation where every game is a “must win.” With six games remaining, there is little margin for error and no room for lack of depth due to injuries. With De’Vondre Campbell still banged up, the Packers signed Super Bowl champion linebacker Justin Hollins. The Los Angeles Rams had waived Hollins yesterday.
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Who Is Justin Hollins?
Justin Hollins was originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos. Prior to beginning his NFL career, Hollins was a standout linebacker at Oregon. In 2017, his junior season, Hollins had 59 total tackles, 11.0 of them for loss, and 4.5 sacks. The next year, as a senior, Hollins recorded 64 total tackles, 14.5 of which were for loss, and 6.5 sacks. He also forced five fumbles as a senior.
Hollins played for the Denver Broncos for one season, tallying 21 tackles in 15 games (he played just 27% of defensive snaps). He also deflected two passes and notched his first career sack. However, the Broncos released Hollins after the season.
He was then signed by the Los Angeles Rams in 2020. Hollins saw his playing time increase, as well as his production. In 16 games (no starts), Hollins had 28 tackles, three sacks, and a forced fumble.
Hollins was limited to just eight games in 2021, but was on pace to set career-highs in several categories. In just half a season, he recorded 22 tackles, two sacks, and had forced a fumble. He was able to return for the Super Bowl, however, and recorded one tackle.
This year, Hollins has played in 10 games (five starts). Again, he is on pace to set a career-high in tackles. He has 26 on the year to go along with a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery.