QB Kelly Holcomb - Free Agent

6-2, 212Born: 7-9-1973College: Middle Tennessee StateDrafted: ---

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2007 Week 3 vs KC (14 / 28 / 165 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Holcomb got the start in place of the injured Tarvaris Jackson. Coach Childress did not announce the starter until the day of the game, but Holcomb did practice all week with the first unit. His timing was off with his receivers on deeper throws, but he did look comfortable throwing underneath. He did go through stretches where he was indecisive, holding the ball too long. He was sacked five times largely as a direct result of his difficulty getting through his progression. He finished with 165 yards, and no touchdowns. He did miss Robert Ferguson who was wide open in the end zone, but overthrew him.

2007 Week 4 vs GB (21 / 39 / 258 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Kelly Holcomb played marginally better with an additional week or work with the first unit. He did make several mental mistakes during the game, including holding the ball far too long in the pocket resulting in four sacks. He also continued to miss several receivers deep, or in one instance, lead Troy Williamson out of bounds. He did hit Bobby Wade deep one pass that went for 40 yards. Otherwise, most of his success was on short passes in long yardage to go situations, or check downs to backs and tight ends.

2007 Week 8 vs PHI (7 / 16 / 88 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

Holcomb had trouble with the Philadelphia defense throughout the game. He also hurt himself with inconsistent passing. He did show nice touch on a few deep balls, as well as some shorter routes. On other plays though, he looked simply awful, under and overthrowing receivers. He also held the ball too long on several occasions and took a few hard hits during the game. The last, when he was driven to the ground head first, knocking him out of the game.

2005 Week 4 vs NO (3 / 6 / 28 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Holcomb entered the game with 13:31 left in the fourth quarter after J.P. Losman had again looked ineffective. Holcomb's first pass was batted down and he did little to impress in his limited action. He fumbled one snap but held onto the ball, but lost a fumble after being sacked by Charles Grant.

2005 Week 5 vs MIA (20 / 26 / 169 / 1 / 0 pass, 4 / 11 / 0 rush)

After struggling through four games, J.P. Losman was benched in favor of veteran QB Kelly Holcomb. Holcomb's numbers do not look spectacular but he managed the game well and made several key plays to keep the Bills' offense on the field. He completed 20 of his 26 passes and did not throw the ball long very often. Holcomb's longest pass of the day was 49 yards to Lee Evans on the opening drive. Evans gained 42 yards after the catch before being tackled at the Dolphins' one yard line. The Bills' sole passing touchdown of the day came when Holcomb found Moulds in the end zone from two yards out. The Bills were missing Chris Villarrial and Mike Williams from their usual starting offensive line. Villarrial was hospitalized with an intestinal problem and was replaced by rookie Duke Preston. Williams dressed for the game and was used to block on field goals, but Greg Jerman played at all other times in the game. The Bills allowed three sacks and Holcomb was pressured, especially in the second half as the Dolphins came with more blitz packages.

2005 Week 6 vs NYJ (18 / 26 / 172 / 2 / 2 pass, 3 / -2 / 0 rush)

Holcomb won his second straight start after replacing J.P. Losman last week. He started the game strongly, leading the Bills to a 60 yard score on the opening drive and finding four different receivers. The drive ended in an eight yard pass to Jonathan Smith. Holcomb found Moulds for a 15 yard touchdown on the Bills' third drive before being intercepted twice later in the game. The Bills again failed to reach 200 yards passing for the fifth straight game. Holcomb looked to Moulds most often and clearly sees him as the number one option in the passing game. The longest completion of the day was to TE Mark Campbell for 27 yards to set up a 38 yard field goal and give the Bills a ten point lead with under six minutes remaining in the game.

2005 Week 7 vs OAK (19 / 27 / 159 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Holcomb began the game looking for his first road victory as the Bills' starter and came up short. He played quite well, leading an 82 yard opening drive that ended in a five yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans. He led another impressive drive on the Bills' fourth possession after Terrence McGee had returned a kick 57 yards to give the Bills the ball at the Raiders' 40 yard line, but Shelton failed to convert on fourth and one at the goal line and the Bills came away with nothing. Holcomb overthrew Evans at the goal line on the Bills' next drive after the receiver had got open. The Bills scored a touchdown in the second half of a game for only the second time this season when Holcomb connected with Josh Reed. The pass was poorly thrown but Reed was able to go back and catch it before beating two defenders for a nine yard score and his first touchdown of the year. Holcomb was sacked three times in the game and also lost the ball on a bobbled snap. The Bills were not helped by an injury to RT Mike Williams, and then his backup Greg Jerman.

2005 Week 8 vs NE (20 / 33 / 263 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)

Holcomb hit a decent percentage of his passes for good yardage. He continues to prove that he is the most capable quarterback on the Bills' roster. Eric Moulds was far and away his favorite target, with 13 of his 33 attempts headed his way. He hooked up with Moulds for a 55 yard post pattern touchdown early in the second half. The next drive ended with an interception (also thrown towards Moulds). The game turned on the Bills when he was blind-sided and fumbled the ball. New England recovered, scored, and won the game.

2005 Week 10 vs KC (4 / 6 / 25 / 0 / 0 pass, 1 / -7 / 0 rush)

Holcomb began the game slowly. He had two passes batted down at the line of scrimmage and fumbled away possession after being sacked by Jared Allen when the Bills went for it on fourth and inches. The hit resulted in a concussion serious enough to knock him out of the game and he ended with four completions for 25 yards.

2005 Week 15 vs DEN (22 / 35 / 202 / 1 / 0 pass, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)

Holcomb started the game due to J.P. Losman's shoulder injury keeping him out of the game. Holcomb began well, finding Moulds for a 27 yard completion early in the opening drive. He overthrew Mark Campbell in the end zone and the drive appeared to stall, but the Bills decided to go for it on fourth and two, and converted. Daimon Shelton almost scored but fumbled the ball out of bounds on the one yard line to set up a McGahee rushing touchdown. Holcomb targeted Moulds 12 times and they were responsible for moving the ball on several drives for the Bills. Holcomb gained one first down on a sneak and drew a roughing penalty on the play. Holcomb had limited success on some drives but could not sustain anything after the opening possession until late in the game. He found Joe Burns with a 19 yard touchdown pass with under four minutes left in the game. Holcomb was almost picked on a couple of occasions, once after making a poor choice and the other on a tipped ball. It was made clear that he would not have started the game had Losman been able to play.

2005 Week 16 vs CIN (24 / 31 / 308 / 1 / 1 pass, 2 / 1 / 1 rush)

Holcomb got another start for the Bills despite J.P. Losman being probable for the game. Holcomb began strongly with a 65 yard completion to Lee Evans that went to the Bengals' two yard line. Holcomb found each of his four main receivers with passes of 19 yards or longer. He threw one touchdown pass on the day, finding Lee Evans for a three yard score. Holcomb also scored a touchdown on the ground on a one yard sneak. He turned the ball over once when Kevin Kaesviharn intercepted a pass intended for Eric Moulds. Holcomb had a good game and ended with 308 passing yards.

2005 Week 17 vs NYJ (23 / 37 / 184 / 2 / 4 pass, 4 / 7 / 0 rush)

Holcomb started for the Bills even though J.P. Losman was available. Holcomb led the team to a field goal on their opening drive, but threw the first of four interceptions on the day on their second drive. The Bills switched to the no huddle on the following drive and again had to settle for a field goal, but Holcomb looked more at ease and was able to find Eric Moulds for a 21 yard gain on the drive. Holcomb threw a low pass to Daimon Shelton on the Bills' fourth possession and Shelton scooped the ball into the hands of Mark Brown and it was returned for a 33 yard touchdown. Holcomb targeted Moulds in the end zone on the following drive and the ball hit him in the hands as it dropped over his shoulder, but the play would have been negated anyway due to a penalty. Holcomb threw an interception to Ty Law on the same drive after the pass was tipped. The Bills moved to within four points at half time when Holcomb led a good drive that ended in a 22 yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds. Holcomb targeted Moulds 13 times on the day, more than twice as many times as any other receiver. Holcomb led the Bills to a touchdown scoring drive on their second possession of the second half. Roscoe Parrish was the scorer, when Holcomb threw a risky pass into double coverage and Parrish was able to come up with the catch. Holcomb also ran for three first downs in short yardage situations but his overall performance was shaky and the four interceptions cost the Bills the game. He also dropped a snap on one occasion and had to scramble to throw the ball away.