Holmes was targeted four times during Sunday's loss to the Chargers but did not catch a pass. The veteran has just one catch for 14 yards through two games. Holmes essentially served as the third wideout Sunday, seeing 58 percent of the offensive snaps with the Bills only using four active receivers. His height and athleticism will get him into the end zone occasionally -- he's had three or more scores each of the last four seasons -- but Holmes remains an unappealing fantasy option in an unappealing offense.
Holmes (quadriceps) was seen practicing in full pads Sunday, Joe Buscaglia of WKBW.com reports. Holmes has been sidelined since Thursday while nursing a quadriceps injury, but coach Sean McDermott never expressed much concern regarding the wideout's health. Holmes is expected to play a depth role in the Bills' receiving corps this season.
Holmes (quad) missed practice for the second straight day Friday, Mitchell Courtney of the Bills' official site reports. Coach Sean McDermott didn't go into specifics, but also indicated Holmes may not be out much longer. The veteran is vying for a depth receiver role after surprisingly leading the Bills in touchdown catches last season with a modest total of three.
Holmes was absent from Thursday's practice due to a quadriceps injury, Sal Capaccio of WGR Sports Radio 550 reports. There haven't been any prior reports that Holmes is dealing with a particularly worrisome injury, so the Bills may just be exercising caution with a veteran in the early days of training camp. Holmes is expected to return to the practice field within a few days and continue to stake his claim to a depth role in the Bills' passing attack this season.
Holmes (neck) participated with the first-team offense at mandatory minicamp this week, Chris Brown of the Bills' official site reports. During preseason 2017, Holmes endured neck spasms in the latter stages but didn't miss time until the stretch run of the campaign. Before his placement on injured reserve Dec. 26 due to a "stiff" neck, he only corralled one of four targets while averaging 17.3 offensive snaps per game across his final six appearances. Even so, Holmes' season-ending stat line of 13-120-3 on 23 targets was uninspiring, to say the least. Beyond Kelvin Benjamin, Zay Jones and Jeremy Kerley are better bets than Holmes to earn consistent reps in 2018, when the Bills likely will be trotting out AJ McCarron under center for the bulk of the year.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||09/30||@Green Bay Packers||25||27.67|
|8||10/30||New England Patriots||28||29.33|
|10||11/11||@New York Jets||15||21.67|
|14||12/09||New York Jets||15||21.67|
|16||12/23||@New England Patriots||28||29.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||27||14||149||3||9||10.64||32|