RB Priest Holmes - Free Agent

5-9, 205Born: 10-7-1973College: TexasDrafted: ---

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2007 Week 7 vs OAK (4 / 9 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / -6 / 0 rec)

Welcome back Priest. Holmes made a remarkable return to active status as a running back in the NFL. He had been completely out for two years since taking a vicious hit from Shawn Merriman in October of 2005. In his first action in two years, he had limited chance but he was able to provide occasional relief for Larry Johnson. That was an acceptable first game back from a serious injury.

2007 Week 9 vs GB (3 / 8 / 0 rush, 4 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)

During the first three quarters of the game Holmes only saw action in relief of Larry Johnson. That changed when Johnson left the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury. Holmes looked good catching balls out of the backfield, but did not look good rushing the ball. He was hindered by both poor run blocking by his offensive line and rust due to his lack of playing time in coming back from his neck injury.

2007 Week 10 vs DEN (20 / 65 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)

Amazingly Priest Holmes is back as the starting running back for the Chiefs, at least while Larry Johnson is out with his foot injury. Holmes made his first start in 742 days and often appeared to have some of his old power and elusiveness, but he still only managed 65 yards on 20 carries for the day. He also did not interfere with the ongoing streak for consecutive rushing touchdowns that Johnson holds. He does seem to be at the very least a quite capable backup running back.

2007 Week 11 vs IND (19 / 55 / 0 rush, 3 / 1 / 1 / 0 rec)

Priest Holmes was the focal point of the Chiefs offense for most of the game. He had seven rushes and two targets in the first quarter, and 15 rushes at the end of the half. In the first half, Holmes showed good burst and showed flashes of the Priest Holmes of old. As the game wore on, he seemed to slow down and the Colts were able to meet him before he was able to turn the corner and hold him to gains of two to three yards. He left the game with an injury after being tackled in the third quarter, but would later return.

2005 Week 1 vs NYJ (22 / 85 / 1 rush, 3 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)

Holmes finished with unspectacular stats (by Priest Holmes standards), gaining 90 total yards and scoring once. Of course, no Holmes owners are going to complain about that kind of a stat line on a weekly basis. It may be a mild concern to some that on a day when Larry Johnson absolutely ripped up the Jets' run defense, Holmes averaged fewer than four yards per carry. Rest assured, his final stat line was a bit of a fluke. Holmes had gained 95 yards on his first 20 carries. Then with the game completely out of reach and the Jets knowing Kansas City would be running, they brought the house on successive runs late in the game. Holmes' last two carries ended up totaling minus ten yards. So, his stats could have looked better. Most Holmes owners were probably primarily concerned with how he looked. Well, he took his second carry of the game for 35 yards up the left sideline. And his three yard touchdown run was a spectacular effort, during which he dragged several defenders a few yards each on his way to the goal line (though replays showed he actually came up about a yard short, luckily for him New York did not challenge the play). Curiously, Holmes was still in the game with just under ten minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and the Chiefs already up 27-0. Holmes lost eight yards receiving on a play that was called back due to a holding penalty.

2005 Week 2 vs OAK (19 / 75 / 1 rush, 3 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Holmes played solid against a strong Raiders' front four, anchored by Ted Washington and Warren Sapp. He scored the first touchdown of the game on power running even though he was missing his favorite hole producer, Willie Roaf (Roaf did not play due to injury). Holmes finished with 75 yards rushing and 15 receiving in addition to his lone touchdown. He did provide the Kansas City faithful with a scare when he came down on his left side while being tackled during the Chiefs' first drive of the second quarter. He seemed to have trouble with bending his left arm and left the field on his own power. After sitting out for a few series, he returned and seemed as strong as ever. With the Chiefs' dual rushing attack, Holmes was limited to 19 carries and hopefully will be stronger for it in the latter parts of the season. After the game, coach Vermeil said it was just a shoulder stinger and he was fine.

2005 Week 3 vs DEN (14 / 61 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)

Holmes was just effective when used in the running game but he just didn't see many carries. The Broncos jumped ahead early and took the rushing attack away from the Chiefs. Holmes was constantly targeted by a Broncos' defense that seemed to have all of the Chiefs' skill players well covered. The 4.4 yards per carry he managed actually seem slightly impressive against a relentless Denver defense.

2005 Week 4 vs PHI (18 / 84 / 1 rush, 8 / 5 / 24 / 0 rec)

Holmes began the game on fire, notching 41 total yards on the first series, capped off by a three yard touchdown plunge. The second series continued with more of the same, as Holmes was able to gain large chunks of yardage to the left, right, and up the middle against the Eagles' defense. At some point in the first half, however, the game changed, and Holmes struggled to find any running room thereafter. He finished the day with 84 yards on the ground and 24 yards receiving. Sixty of those 108 total yards came on the first two series of the game.

2005 Week 6 vs WAS (14 / 18 / 1 rush, 6 / 5 / 100 / 1 rec)

Holmes had a strange day, gaining 100 yards receiving but only 18 yards rushing. The running lanes weren't there for Holmes, but he was generally able to make something out of nothing. His total of 18 yards rushing is deceptive, as he lost ten yards on one carry and six yards on another. On each loss, he attempted to reverse fields when no yardage was available initially, and was chased down behind the line of scrimmage by linebackers. Holmes did very well catching the ball though, setting up for screens, laying low over the middle, or running out to the flat. He had a spectacular 60 yard touchdown reception on a short screen in the fourth quarter. After catching the pass, he worked his way past defenders across the middle of the field, and was able to outrun everyone to the end zone. Holmes also had a rushing touchdown earlier in the day on a sweep left. He almost turned the ball over late after a crushing blow from Sean Taylor, but luckily Tony Gonzalez was able to recover the fumble.

2005 Week 7 vs MIA (18 / 90 / 2 rush, 3 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Holmes bounced back from the previous week's poor rushing totals. He ran with power. He scored two touchdowns, both on rushes. The first was on a run around the right side that his burst of speed made look easy. His second score was on a 35 yard run where you could see Holmes kept accelerating throughout the entire run. He was obviously pulling away from his pursuers with ease. Holmes looked fresh and ready for this game after a short preparation week.

2005 Week 8 vs SD (14 / 38 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)

Holmes was producing very meager statistics early in the third quarter when he was absolutely laid out by Shawn Merriman. Holmes sustained what was termed a mild concussion on the play, and did not return. He walked to the bench and looked a bit dazed on the sidelines, and even though his return was listed officially as questionable, it was obvious to anyone watching that he wasn't coming back. Just as importantly as the injury is the fact that Holmes was doing very little up to the point of the injury. Larry Johnson, running behind the same line, was able to break off several good runs. It can't simply be that the Chiefs happen to block better for Holmes - it's fairly obvious at this point that he was lost a bit. He looked slow to the hole and to the outside, he dropped an easy screen pass, and really didn't look like the Holmes we've come to know over the years. Granted, this was a terrific run defense and Holmes has had several excellent games for fantasy owners recently, but anyone who isn't at least a little bit concerned with his 3.8 yards per carry thus far is probably in denial. Holmes lost 16 total rushing yards on two plays that were called back due to penalty.