WR Andre Holmes, Free agent
HT: 6-4, WT: 210, Born: 6-16-1988, College: Hillsdale, Drafted: ---
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Blackmon (240), R Turbin (241), Andre Holmes (242), M Williams (243), C Sims (244)
Position: R Woods (239-WR77), J Blackmon (240-WR78), Andre Holmes (242 - WR79), M Williams (243-WR80), J Brown (250-WR81)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: B Rainey (243), J Brown (244), Andre Holmes (245), M James (246), M Lewis (247)
Position: M Sanu (239-WR79), J Brown (244-WR80), Andre Holmes (245 - WR81), S Johnson (248-WR82), D Adams (254-WR83)
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Andre Holmes was somewhat of an afterthought heading into 2013 in a crowded Raiders receiving corps. At 6-4 210 pounds, Holmes exhibited a large catch radius once Matt McGloin took over at quarterback in week 11. In the final 7 games of the season Holmes caught 25 passes for 431 yards and 1 touchdown. His breakout game came in week 13 against the Cowboys when he hauled in 7 passes for 136 yards. Things have only gotten more crowded in Oakland with the addition of James Jones and Holmes will face a stiff battle in camp. Holmes was listed with Rod Streater on the first team on the first depth chart release in camp.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 11 - Holmes was used almost exclusively as a deep threat, but looked very comfortable in that role. His lone catch was an outstanding grab, climbing the ladder in traffic to haul in a 33 yard bullet from McGloin. Holmes saw one more deep target and nearly made another circus catch on the right sideline.
Week 12 - With Denarius Moore out it was Holmes that slid into the starting lineup and saw a huge increase in snaps and targets. Holmes didn't look completely comfortable in his new role, making a bad decision on his first target by not cutting the route off at the right time and having his next target knocked away by an aggressive defender. Holmes settled down to make two nice grabs in the second half including a very good adjustment on a back shoulder throw from McGloin for a gain of 16 yards.
Week 13 - Holmes was clearly McGloin's favorite target and on most occasions he made the most of it. He saw the team's first target on a short out and then juked a defender to pick up the first down. He showed outstanding body control later in the half tp beat Brandon Carr to the ball at the one yard line. The play was originally ruled a touchdown but later spotted at the one. On the very next drive Butler made a diving grab on a short slant on third down to set the team up with first down in the red zone. His biggest gain, a 35 yard gain on a deep cross, was probably his easiest catch. The Cowboys flubbed up the coverage and he was wide open over the middle for the huge pickup. Holmes did have a drop as well, but overall he was the most reliable Raiders receiver and made great plays on the ball in tight coverage. He's made the best of a huge opportunity presented by Denarius Moore's injury.
Week 14 - Holmes 40 yard grab in the second quarter came on a deep post. He did a good job beating his man inside and then outran the secondary for a big gain. He ran another very solid route on a deep in to beat his man for a 14 yard gain on 3rd and 7 to end the third quarter. Holmes took a back seat to Streater in targets but largely delivered whenever his quarterback looked his way. He was targeted on deep balls down the sideline twice but each time he was missed badly by the quarterback.
Week 15 - Holmes made the catch of the day, a one handed grab down the right sideline with a defender all over him. The play resulted in a gain of 28. His touchdown grab was more wily than athletic as he made a quick alteration to his route at the goal line and lost his man. Holmes was absent for large parts of the game and often smothered when he was thrown to, but he definitely continued to show his potential.
Week 16 - Holmes was invisible for most of the game, catching only an 11 yard slant in the first three quarters. This was largely because of the cautious approach of McGloin. In the 4th quarter, McGloin started to air it out and Holmes was the main beneficiary. He made three straight catches down right sideline on a variety of moves. He made good hands catches on the plays, as opposed to the touchdown pass he dropped before the half. That pass was not well thrown, and behind him, but Holmes got both hands on the ball and let the score get away. He did a good job holding on to the ball on his final catch as he was hammered at the one yard line on a short slant.
Week 17 - Of all the receivers Holmes had the most frustrating day, especially for the first three quarters. He was targeted plenty but he was targeted on some of Pryor's worst throws and a few others were just out of his reach. He finally got a little something going in the fourth quarter, hauling in a 22 yard pass down the sideline on a nice back shoulder throw from Pryor.