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Former Packers OLB Justin Hollins signs with New York Giants

Hollins had been released twice from the Packers’ 53-man roster in 2023.

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On Tuesday, NFL reporter Aaron Wilson broke the news that former Green Bay Packers outside linebacker Justin Hollins had signed to the New York Giants’ practice squad, ending his stint with the Packers. Hollins was originally picked up by Green Bay off of waivers last season and re-signed on a one-year deal with the team during free agency.

In total, Hollins suited up for the Packers 10 times over the 2022 and 2023 seasons, recording 2.5 sacks and three TFLs for the team. Hollins’ last game as an active player for Green Bay was in September when the Packers lost to the Detroit Lions in Week 4.

Since then, Hollins has been released twice, once to make room for the promotion of running back Patrick Taylor to the active roster and once to make room for the activation of cornerback Eric Stokes from the physically unable-to-perform list. Like Taylor, Hollins has gone from a gameday active to signing with another team’s practice squad in a matter of weeks.

Five outside linebackers remain on the Packers’ active roster: Rashan Gary, Preston Smith, Lukas Van Ness, Kingsley Enagbare and Brenton Cox Jr. Cox, who had previously played just one regular season defensive snap for the team coming into last weekend, received three snaps on defense against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

With Gary still on a pitch count, the assumption is that Smith and Enagbare are going to continue to play a starter’s share worth of snaps at outside linebacker with Gary and Van Ness coming in as backups. From there, Cox will be a reserve.