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WR Andre Holmes - Oakland Raiders

6-4, 210Born: 6-16-1988College: HillsdaleDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 27): There will be ups and downs as Holmes is raw and his quarterback is a rookie, but he came through in garbage time again, and otherwise turned his momentum in the right direction after an abysmal Week 7. Week 9 brings the terrible matchup of the Seahawks on the road, but better days will be coming for Holmes if you're using him as a sometimes flex/WR3.

Week 9: at Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. The Raiders' rushing attack is 32nd in the NFL this year, so if they want to move the football Derek Carr has to do the honors - he bounced back from a sad 16/28 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and zero interceptions (with one sack taken for -9 yards) performance vs Arizona two games ago to throw 34/54 for 328 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at Cleveland last week (three sacks taken for -12 yards). As has become usual, James Jones led the team in targets (11 for 6/62/0 receiving), while Andre Holmes handled the TD (seven for 5/69/1). Mychal Rivera led the team in receiving (nine for 7/83/0), and Kenbrell Thompkins posted eight for 4/34/0 receiving. The Raiders haven't won yet this year, but Carr is holding up his end for the team. The Seahawks' pass D isn't the feared unit it was last season, currently ranking 10th in the NFL averaging 226.6 net yards allowed per game, but with 12 pass TDs handed out vs. a mere three interceptions generated (tied for next-to-last in the NFL). The unit's 10 sacks is tied for 26th in the NFL - Cam Newton was dumped three times for -12 yards last week, though, with 12/22 for 152 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (but Carolina is rebuilding their receiving corps this year and don't have much behind rookie Kelvin Benjamin). Austin Davis wasn't sacked at all two games back and threw two TDs vs. zero interceptions on the way to upsetting the Seahawks (18/21 for 173 net yards passing). Carr has a tough venue to visit, but even given the formidable 12th-man in CenturyLink Stadium we think this is a neutral matchup for the Raiders. Also, the rushing matchup is bad as noted above, so Carr will likely throw the ball a good bit in this one.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 vs SD 0 0 0 8 4 121 2 0
7 vs ARI 0 0 0 5 3 34 0 0
8 at CLE 0 0 0 7 5 69 1 0
9 at SEA PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
9 at SEA PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs SD (8 / 4 / 121 / 2 rec)

Holmes had a monster day that could have been even better if not for a couple of bad drops. On his first target of the game, he flew past his man on a fly route and hauled in a perfectly placed pass from Carr before sprinting to the end zone for a 77 yard score. Later in the half he high-pointed a pass from Carr over the shorter corner for a 30 yard gain down the left sideline. His second TD came on a deep cross and he got all the way to the corner of the end zone before Carr zipped the pass to him. As good as Holmes' day was, he also dropped a WR screen and a deep hitch that were both right on the money. As long as the Raiders continue to throw the ball downfield Holmes will be a big part of the game plan.

2014 Week 7 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 34 / 0 rec)

Holmes had a disappointing follow up to his monster Week 6. He had a bad drop over the middle and just missed hauling in a well thrown ball deep down the left sideline. He didn't have a catch until there were nine minutes left and his last grab came in garbage time after the clock had expired.

2014 Week 8 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 69 / 1 rec)

Holmes had one of his best all-around days as a Raider in this one. He showed good hands and footwork and was rewarded with a garbage time touchdown. His score came in the waning second of a game that was already decided. Carr threw the ball to him in the flats and Holmes beat his man to the pylon and dove in for the score. He showed good footwork along the sideline to haul in a 15 yard deep out from Carr on the first play of the game. Holmes didn't drop any easy catches and made a couple of nice hands catches over the middle as well. His 31 yard grab came on a deep cross with him dragging the defender for the final 5 yards. The only negative to Holmes day was an offensive pass interference call that killed a Raiders 4th quarter drive.


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