Andre Holmes thanks Raider Nation for 'special' 4 years

Andre Holmes sounds like a player who will remember his time spent with the Oakland Raiders fondly.

After signing with the Buffalo Bills, the 28-year-old wide receiver/special-teams ace thanked Raider Nation for a four-year run with the team that he described as "special."

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Via Holmes' Twitter account:

Holmes, a former undrafted free agent who spent one season with the Dallas Cowboys (2012), saw his role change drastically during his four seasons with the Raiders. He emerged as a big-play threat in 2013, with an average of 17.2 yards per reception in limited action. The following year, he started 13 out of 16 games and posted a team-leading 693 receiving yards — that was the team that started 0-10.

As the Raiders started adding talent at the wide receiver position, Holmes' role started to change. He faded into the background of Oakland's offense, ultimately settling in as the fourth wide receiver behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts. While he has appeared in every game over the past two seasons, he has started only three of them.

Holmes has been limited to 14 receptions each of the past two seasons, working behind the talented receivers ahead of him on the depth chart. On special teams, however, the 6-foot-4, 210-pound athlete has flourished during that span. He is an exceptionally good punt gunner.

Raiders punter Marquette King gave Holmes a shoutout for his ability in this aspect of the game (and tacked on a joke at the end, of course).

Holmes will likely have an opportunity to contribute more offensively for the Bills. Buffalo's offense ranked 30th in the NFL last season and is looking to replace last year's leading receiver from last year, Robert Woods, who started opposite Sammy Watkins before signing with the Los Angeles Rams in free agency this offseason.

While Oakland's offense should remain virtually unaffected by the loss of Holmes, the Raiders signed All-Pro special teamer Cordarrelle Patterson to replace his impact in the third phase of the game.

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