As the New England Patriots begin their voluntary offseason training activities, Bill Belichick paired two players together as roommates that are familiar with each other.
After the 2017 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots were one of the most active teams in the undrafted free agency market. With a lot of open roster spots and just four draft picks, the Patriots gave opportunities to a lot of players.
Two of those players were the Hollister brothers. As twins, both Jacob and Cody Hollister were college football players last year. Now, they are both on the Patriots chasing their dreams. As a common practice, Bill Belichick usually pairs up players to be roommates. In what was probably one of the easiest decisions he will make this year, he paired the twin brothers up.
"“It’s your twin brother, so you get back together and you haven’t missed a step. Living together is like growing up with bunk beds,” Cody said to Mike Reiss of ESPN.com.“We actually had no idea what was going to happen. It just played out like this,” Jacob said to Reiss. “In the back of our minds, we had no idea we’d be playing in the same spot.”"
As most roommates do in the offseason, the Hollister brothers are quizzing each other on formations and such. For both, pushing each other to learn and become better will only come naturally as brothers.
"“Being in the playbook together, we can test each other. We line up in the living room and walk through routes and formations,” Cody said to Reiss. “So literally we’re in our room studying all the time. If you go in there, there is not too much TV going on. We’re quizzing each other, and flash cards and different things.”"
As a wide receiver and tight end, the Hollister brothers are going to have to make their mark on special teams more than likely for the Patriots. Cody was an excellent special teams player at Arkansas, and that could be his way to make the team. For Jacob, he will be trying to land a spot behind some talented tight ends on the roster.
The Patriots frequently find talented NFL players that go undrafted. For the Hollister brothers, they are hoping that their hard work will result in both playing for the Patriots in 2017.