The box score won’t really indicate if Rams linebacker Justin Hollins had a good game or not, but it does reveal that Hollins was productive when he was on the field. Which was not that often.
Hollins played in only 15 snaps in Monday’s 24-10 win over the Bears, but had five tackles and one sack during those limited opportunities.
LA acquired Hollins after final cuts in September when he was waived by the Broncos, Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley previous stop in 2019 as linebackers coach. Staley’s relationship with Hollins prompted him to choose Hollins over in-house options like rookies Clay Johnston and Christian Rozeboom after Travin Howard was placed on injured reserve. Hollins has responded with 10 tackles and two sacks over the last five games.
Was Hollins “great” on Monday? That’s not in the box score and it’s hard to parse out anything from 15 snaps. Four of his five tackles came after a Chicago player had made a first down on the play, including tight end Cole Kmet’s outstanding 38-yard reception in the first quarter.
But Hollins is out there and this week he put his name on the game more than ever.
Offensive Snap Counts
- Tight end Johnny Mundt had 46 snaps, the second-highest total of his career, with Tyler Higbee inactive. His third-highest total came in last season’s win over the Bears.
- Josh Reynolds was targeted eight times over 53 snaps, compared to five targets for Robert Woods in 65 snaps and six targets for Cooper Kupp in 62 snaps.
- Rookies Cam Akers, Van Jefferson and Brycen Hopkins combined for eight snaps. Hopkins was active for the first time in his career because of Higbee’s injury.
- Darrell Henderson’s 40 snaps is a career-high.
Defensive Snap Counts
- Rookie safety Terrell Burgess’s breakout performance happened on only 12 snaps. He left with an ankle injury however.
- There are eight players who almost never come off the field. After that, Michael Brockers, Morgan Fox and Sebastian Joseph split their time along the defensive line; Kenny Young, Samson Ebukam, Jachai Polite and Hollins have been sharing snaps at linebacker; but rookie linebacker Terrell Lewis had a career-high 20 snaps and his first highlight play with a stop on fourth and 1.
- Nick Scott, Natrez Patrick, Troy Reeder, Burgess and Raymond Calais lead the way on special teams snaps.