Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Mack Hollins had a breakthrough game in Hunter Renfrow’s absence with a monster performance versus the Tennessee Titans.
One of the more underrated offseason acquisitions in 2022 was Hollins. Hollins saw more looks as Renfrow recovers from a concussion after being an afterthought after acquiring big names like Davante Adams and Chandler Jones. Facing a Titans defense that was focused on Adams and Darren Waller, Hollins took advantage of several mismatches and ended the game as the Raiders’ leading receiver.
By the game’s conclusion, Hollins had amassed 158 receiving yards, and with that performance came several personal milestones. When Hollins caught a 60-yard bomb from Derek Carr, it helped establish new career highs. Among the accolades were personal bests for receptions in a game (6) and receiving yards (144). The Raiders’ PR Twitter account also mentioned that the catch was his third-longest reception of his career.
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— Las Vegas Raiders (@Raiders) September 25, 2022
Mack Hollins has emerged as a true weapon for the Las Vegas Raiders
In a game that was, for the most part, an ugly one, Hollins was one of the new bright spots. He was consistently reliable on big pressure downs today, giving Carr a clutch, go-to option with Renfrow out. In fact, you could argue that Hollins was single-handily keeping the Raiders alive in the second half. His big-play ability was on full display, and the numbers don’t lie. He averaged almost 20 yards per reception (19.8) and was far and away the best receiver today.
While the Raiders certainly came close to walking away with a win, moral victories don’t count. The theme of the season continues to be that the Raiders cannot play a full 60 minutes efficiently. After having Derrick Henry dominate them in the first half, along with a dreadful offensive performance as a team by the Raiders, it continues to be a story of “halves.” One nice development from this loss is that the Raiders now have a real fourth, arguably third, receiving option.
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