Jacob Hollister

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Jacob Hollister
Jacob Hollister
Hollister with the Seattle Seahawks in 2020
No. 80 – Buffalo Bills
Position:Tight end
Personal information
Born: (1993-11-18) November 18, 1993 (age 27)
Bend, Oregon
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:245 lb (111 kg)
Career information
High school:Mountain View (Bend, Oregon)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2020
Receiving yards:652
Receiving touchdowns:6
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Jacob Hollister (born November 18, 1993) is an American football tight end for the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football for Wyoming. He has also played for the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks.

Early years[edit]

Born and raised in Bend, Oregon, Hollister graduated from its Mountain View High School in 2012 and was a three-sport letterman in football, basketball, and baseball. As a senior quarterback, he was the state's Class 5A player of the year after leading the Cougars to the state title,[1] and originally signed to play college football at the University of Nevada in Reno.

College career[edit]

Hollister redshirted for the Wolf Pack as a true freshman in 2012, then transferred to Arizona Western College, a community college in Yuma, where he switched positions to tight end. Hollister then played three seasons (201416) under new head coach Craig Bohl at the University of Wyoming in Laramie in the Mountain West Conference.[2] He was a team captain and first team all-conference as a senior,[3] when the much-improved Cowboys played in the conference championship game and Poinsettia Bowl.[4]

Collegiate statistics[edit]

Jacob Hollister Receiving
Year School Conf Class Pos G Rec Yds Avg TD
2014 Wyoming MWC SO TE 8 17 244 14.4 2
2015 Wyoming MWC JR TE 10 26 355 13.7 3
2016 Wyoming MWC SR TE 12 32 515 16.1 7
Career Wyoming 30 75 1,114 14.9 12

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+58 in
(1.92 m)
239 lb
(108 kg)
4.64 s 1.62 s 2.70 s 4.34 s 7.12 s 36+12 in
(0.93 m)
10 ft 1 in
(3.07 m)
16 reps
All values from Wyoming’s Pro Day.[5]

New England Patriots[edit]

Not selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, Hollister was soon signed by the New England Patriots on April 30 to a three-year, $1.67 million contract that included $90,000 guaranteed and a signing bonus of $10,000.[6][7][8] The Patriots also signed his twin brother Cody as an undrafted free agent; they became the only active pair of twins on the same team in 2017 and the third set of twins to currently play in the NFL.[9]

Hollister in 2017

In Week 1 of the 2017 preseason, Hollister caught seven passes for 116 yards against the Jacksonville Jaguars.[10] Hollister put together a solid preseason performance while competing with James O'Shaughnessy for the Patriots possible third tight end spot behind veterans Rob Gronkowski and Dwayne Allen. Hollister ultimately won the spot as an undrafted rookie, and made his NFL debut in Week 2 against the New Orleans Saints, recording his first career catch, which went for seven yards.[11] Hollister made it to Super Bowl LII, but the Patriots lost 41–33 to the Philadelphia Eagles.[12]

Hollister entered the 2018 season as the third tight end on the depth chart, behind Gronkowski and Allen. He was limited to just eight games while dealing with hamstring and chest injuries, and was placed on injured reserve on January 8, 2019, prior to the Patriots' postseason.[13] They reached Super Bowl LIII in February in Atlanta and defeated the Los Angeles Rams 13–3.[14]

Seattle Seahawks[edit]

On April 29, 2019, the Patriots traded Hollister to the Seattle Seahawks for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 draft.[15] He was waived on August 31, 2019, then signed to the practice squad the next day.[16][17] Six weeks later, he was promoted to the active roster on October 12.[18] On November 3, he caught a 10-yard walkoff touchdown pass against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in overtime to give the Seahawks the win, 40–34.[19] Earlier in the same game, Hollister scored the first touchdown of his NFL career, a one-yard reception late in the first half, after drawing a pass interference penalty in the end zone.[1][20] In Week 10 against the San Francisco 49ers, Hollister caught 8 passes for 62 yards and a touchdown in the 27–24 overtime win. [21] Overall, in the 2019 season, Hollister finished with 41 receptions for 349 receiving yards and three receiving touchdowns.[22]

On March 16, 2020, the Seahawks placed a second-round restricted free agent tender on Hollister. He signed the one-year contract on April 21, 2020.[23]

Buffalo Bills[edit]

On March 19, 2021, Hollister signed a contract with the Buffalo Bills for one year, reuniting him with his quarterback at Wyoming, Josh Allen.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Hollister is the twin brother of Cody Hollister,[1] who is a wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans.[25]


  1. ^ a b c Booth, Tim (November 3, 2019). "Bend's Jacob Hollister makes game-winning TD catch in OT for Seahawks against Buccaneers". The Bulletin. (Bend, Oregon). Associated Press. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Jacob Hollister College Stats". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  3. ^ "Ten Cowboys earn All-MW honors". University of Wyoming Athletics. November 29, 2016. Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "Poinsettia Bowl - BYU vs Wyoming Box Score, December 21, 2016". College Football at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  5. ^ "Jacob Hollister, DS #20 TE, Wyoming". DraftScout.com. Retrieved November 10, 2018.
  6. ^ "Patriots Sign Sixth-Round Draft Pick Conor McDermott; Sign 19 Rookie Free Agents". Patriots.com. May 5, 2017. Retrieved June 4, 2017.
  7. ^ "Will Patriots' investment in undrafted rookies pay off?". NFL.com. Retrieved September 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Spotrac.com: Jason Hollister contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  9. ^ "What's life like for the NFL's only twin teammates? Cody, Jacob Holly explain". NESN.com. May 23, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  10. ^ Daniels, Mark (August 11, 2017). "Jacob Hollister shines in Patriots preseason debut". Providence Journal. Retrieved August 21, 2017.
  11. ^ "New England Patriots at New Orleans Saints - September 17th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
  12. ^ "2017 New England Patriots Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  13. ^ "Patriots Make A Series of Roster Transactions". Patriots.com. January 8, 2019.
  14. ^ "2018 New England Patriots Statistics & Players". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  15. ^ Gordon, Grant (April 29, 2019). "Patriots ship tight end Jacob Hollister to Seahawks". NFL.com.
  16. ^ Boyle, John (August 31, 2019). "Seahawks Make Roster Moves, Establish 53-Man Roster". Seahawks.com.
  17. ^ Boyle, John (September 1, 2019). "Seahawks Re-Sign Quarterback Geno Smith; Add Six Players To Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  18. ^ Boyle, John (October 11, 2019). "Seahawks Promote Guard Jordan Roos & Tight End Jacob Hollister From Practice Squad". Seahawks.com.
  19. ^ Noll, Hunter (November 3, 2019). "Seahawks' Russell Wilson throws game-winning TD pass to Jacob Hollister vs. Bucs". ClutchPoints. Retrieved November 3, 2019.
  20. ^ Arnold, Geoffrey C. (November 4, 2019). "Former Oregon prep star Jacob Hollister on scoring the game-winning TD for the Seattle Seahawks: 'You have...to expect to get the ball'". The Oregonian. (Portland). Retrieved November 4, 2019.
  21. ^ "Seahawks knock 49ers from unbeaten ranks with 27-24 OT win". www.espn.com. Associated Press. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  22. ^ "Jacob Hollister 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved July 2, 2020.
  23. ^ Boyle, John (April 21, 2020). "Seahawks Re-Sign TE Luke Willson & G Mike Iupati". Seahawks.com. Retrieved April 21, 2020.
  24. ^ Wojton, Nick (March 19, 2021). "Bills sign TE Jacob Hollister to one-year deal". Bills Wire (USA Today). Retrieved March 20, 2021.
  25. ^ Ziegler, Nick (May 24, 2017). "New England Patriots: Hollister brothers are chasing their dream as rookies". Musket Fire. Retrieved May 25, 2017.

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