"He's a long strider, a big guy who can stretch the field vertically and go up and get the football," Schaub said. "Obviously, his height and his ability to adjust in the air are some of his strengths, as well as some of the intermediate routes. Just being able to get to the top of his route, come strong out of his cut, he can be a guy that can stretch the field for us."
Holmes, 6-foot-4, has been working with the first-team offense during offseason workouts. He will compete for a starting job with James Jones, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore.
In the final seven games last season, Holmes caught 25 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown. Moore caught four touchown passes in the first six weeks, just one after that. He has not exceeded 750 receiving yards in any of his first three seasons.
Holmes has 19 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown over his last four games. He'll play Denver in Week 17.
Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin in the third quarter, his first career touchdown. He also contributed with a circus one-handed grab for 28 yards in the third. He finished the game with four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a 56-31 defeat.
Holmes has 257 yards and a touchdown over his last three games. He'll look to stay productive in Week 16 against the Chargers in San Diego.
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