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Is Jacob Hollister now part of Tom Brady's 'circle of trust?'

Ryan Hannable
July 30, 2018 - 2:37 pm

FOXBORO -- In a yearly training camp tradition, during special teams periods Tom Brady takes a few players aside for some individualized attention.

Over the years Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan, Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola, etc. have been part of these sessions, but this summer there's a new, younger player who has joined the group -- tight end Jacob Hollister.

This could signal the Patriots have big plans for the tight end, who as a rookie last year caught just four passes for 42 yards. Perhaps, with Julian Edelman out for the first four games, the offense looks to get Hollister more involved, as he's shown the ability to make plays in limited reps.

Speaking after practice Sunday, Hollister acknowledged he can learn a lot from the players who are part of the small sessions with Brady.

“I would say I just learn a lot from those guys," he said. "They are such smart players and have been playing the game for a long time, so it’s really good work.”

As for the tight ends, there's a number of solid players who have different skill sets -- Rob Gronkowski, Dwayne Allen and Will Tye -- and Hollister says he tries to take something from each of them and incorporate it into his own game.

“I try and take things from every guy," he said. "I take things from Dwayne. I take things from Rob. All the tight ends, really. And the receivers. I really try and model my game after all the players on the team because each guy has individual skill sets that help a lot.”

Even though it's his second year in the system, Hollister isn't looking at it any differently.

“I wouldn’t say I feel much different, I would say I do the same thing," he said. "I am trying to learn. I am trying to learn from these older guys every single day and give it 100 percent effort.”

While he may not feel different, getting 1-on-1 attention from Brady during training camp typically signifies a bigger role come the regular season, so keep an eye on Hollister, especially in the early going.

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