On the initial 53-man roster, the Falcons elected to keep three tight ends — Kyle Pitts, Hayden Hurst, and Lee Smith. Personally, I don’t understand keeping Frank Darby and Christian Blake with only three tight ends, but it could certainly be due to Arthur Smith’s offensive game plan for the future. Sure, he used more tight end sets than almost every team when he was offensive coordinator, but personnel could dictate otherwise. Still, if the only reason for three tight ends is Parker Hesse and John Raine not being talented enough to keep on the roster, Jacob Hollister would be a good addition to the position group.
Hollister signed with the Bills as a free agent in March after spending the previous two seasons with the Seahawks, where he caught 66 passes for 558 yards and six touchdowns during his time in Seattle. According to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Buffalo released Jacob Hollister to trim their roster to 53 players. Hollister had four catches for 53 yards in three preseason games.
The Bills’ staff could potentially bring Hollister back given their history; last season, the Bills released Andre Roberts and Dean Marlowe before bringing them back after placing Jon Feliciano and Isaiah Hodgins on injured reserve. Hollister is a solid TE4 and certainly more proven than Hesse and Raine, but again, this all depends on Terry Fontenot’s idea of the roster. My initial thought was the roster construction would be five wideouts and four tight ends but obviously, plans change. Still, it would make sense to inquire about Hollister if the staff is looking to add a fourth tight end.