Mack Hollins is one of Vegas’ newest additions to the team and has managed to make some noise this season with 52 receptions, 635 yards, and four touchdowns. The sixth-year wide receiver who came from Miami quickly became one of Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s most useful weapons. The decision by head coach Josh McDaniels to bench Carr for the final two games will immediately have an impact on Hollins’ game.
Mack Hollins gave Derek Carr his flowers amid recent developments
“Derek’s made a big impact on me. He’s a great guy and a great player, and honestly, he has been with this organization for a long time. I think he’s somebody who’s probably had more head coaches and GMs [general managers] than any other quarterback in the league. Whenever I’ve thought of the Raiders, I’ve thought of Derek Carr,” said Hollins in a recent interview. There was definitely an emphasis on using Hollins at the beginning of the season while Renfrow was on the injured reserve list.
Everyone on the Silver and Black who has been asked about the decision to bench their franchise quarterback answers professionally. They all understand that friendships and emotions must be put aside when there’s business to be handled, especially when it comes to multimillion-dollar decisions. At the end of the day, everyone is trying to get paid, so fans must understand that there is politics when it comes to these big executive decisions.
Hollins has full confidence in his new starting quarterback
“It’s obviously tough, but that’s unfortunately how this business goes. I say it all the time: I’m a soldier at the end of the day. My job is to, if they switch the weapon I use, then learn to use that weapon well. I have full confidence in Stiddy [Jarrett Stidham]. Stiddy’s the man too; he’s here for a reason. Whatever the coaches decided to do, they decided to do,” said Hollins in the same interview. It’s clear that Hollins wants to continue working on his game no matter who is at the helm of the offense.
There’s still a shimmer of hope for Raider Nation. This Sunday, the team looks to host the San Francisco 49ers at Allegiant Stadium. Believe it or not, the playoffs could still be in play, depending on a few outside factors. Let’s face it, though: a new starting quarterback is barely the tip of the iceberg. There are still a litany of issues with this Raiders team. As cliche as it sounds, only time will tell what’s in store for this squad.
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