Holmes has been getting most of the first-team snaps opposite Sammy Watkins at training camp, Sal Capaccio of WGR 550 reports.
Zay Jones, the team's second-round pick, has been serving as the third receiver in three-wide sets. Holmes has the early advantage, but there's still plenty of time for Jones, Philly Brown or a darkhorse candidate to push the former Raider for the No. 2 job. The role probably will entail fewer targets than on other teams, as the Buffalo offense revolves around the legs of LeSean McCoy and Tyrod Taylor, with Watkins accounting for a big chunk of the targets if he's healthy.
The Lions are finally cutting ties with receiver Ryan Broyles, whose three-year stint with the team was marred by injury, per MLive.com.
Broyles had asked for his release two days ago after playing sparingly during the preseason. A second-round pick in 2012, Broyles tore his ACL in his rookie season and then ruptured his Achilles' tendon in 2013.
Last season, Broyles had just two catches for 34 yards, playing in just 34 snaps all year.
The Lions are not yet giving up on wide receiver Ryan Broyles, who has been hampered in his career by knee and Achilles injuries.
“I think he’s a guy you have a lot of respect for because he’s had three major injuries and fought his way back,’’ Lions offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi said Tuesday, per The Oakland Press. “When he’s been in there he’s been productive. We’re excited to see where he is now after a full season of not coming back from an injury. He’s had a full year to be healthy we’re excited to see what he does in the offseasaon.’’
The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Sunday's Wild Card game against the Cowboys: guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive tackles Nick Fairley (knee) and Caraun Reid, defensive back Josh Thomas, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore.
Fairley was deemed doubtful to play Sunday on the team's final injury report, while Warford had been ruled out for the Wild Card game. Travis Swanson will draw the start at guard in Warford's absence. The Lions had three players listed as probable to play and all are active.
Detroit is a 6-point underdog in Dallas for Sunday's playoff game.
The following players have been declared as inactive for the Lions in Sunday's game against the Packers: Nick Fairley, Ryan Broyles, Kellen Moore, Rodney Austin, Larry Webster, Josh Thomas and Caraun Reid.
Only two injured players dot the inactive list released Sunday by the Lions for their clash against Chicago. They are defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee) and cornerback Mohammed Seisay (hamstring).
The healthy scratches are quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles, defensive tackle Caraun Reid and offensive lineman Rodney Austin.
The Lions have listed Nick Fairley, Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles, Garrett Reynolds, Rodney Austin, Caraun Reid and Larry Webster as inactive Week 15 against the Vikings.
Fairley was the only player who had been ruled out prior to Sunday. He's dealing with a knee injury. The other six players listed are healthy scratches.
The Lions have listed the following players as inactive for Week 14 against the Buccaneers: DT Nick Fairley, QB Kellen Moore, DE Larry Webster, WR Ryan Broyles, T Garrett Reynolds, G Rodney Austin and DT Caraun Reid.
Fairley has been out since suffering a knee injury in Week 8 against the Falcons.
Lions running back Reggie Bush, tackle Riley Reiff, wide receiver Ryan Broyles, guard Larry Warford, defensive tackle Nick Fairley, defensive end Larry Webster and quarterback Kellen Moore were all ruled inactive Week 13 vs. Chicago.
The following players have been ruled as inactive for the Lions in Week 12 against the Patriots: Nick Fairley, Larry Webster, Kellen Moore, Ryan Broyles, Larry Warford, Reggie Bush and Kellen Davis.
Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (foot) was declared inactive for Sunday's game at Arizona, and rookie tight end Eric Ebron will start instead. Also inactive for Detroit are running back Reggie Bush (ankle), defensive tackle Nick Fairley (knee), guard Larry Warford (knee), defensive end Larry Webster, wideout Ryan Broyles and quarterback Kellen Moore.
The following players were labeled ruled for the Lions in Week 10 against Miami: Nick Fairley, Kellen Moore, Eric Ebron, Garrett Reynolds, Ryan Broyles, Larry Webster and Joseph Fauria.
With Calvin Johnson sidelined with ankle injury, the Lions received contributions from wideouts Jeremy Ross, Corey Fuller and Ryan Broyles in a Week 8 victory over the Falcons.
Fuller came down with a 16-yard grab in the third quarter and a 13-yard catch in the fourth. He finished with three catches for 43 yards on six targets. Ross caught all three of his targets for 31 yards. Broyles caught a 4-yard pass in the third quarter. He was targeted twice in a 22-21 victory.
Lions head coach Jim Caldwell told the media on Monday that the door is open for wide receiver Ryan Broyles to come talk about his role on offense, per MLive.com. Even with Calvin Johnson sidelined, Broyles was on the field for only two offensive snaps in a Week 6 victory over Minnesota. He voiced his frustrations on Twitter after the game.
"I think if you look, overall, at his tweets through the years he's a guy that believes in motivation," Caldwell said. "He'll send things out I think you can take it a number of different ways. It just so happens, the timing of that particular tweet, you could take it one way or another."
The Lions received contributions from several role players in a Week 4 win over the Jets at MetLife Stadium
Ryan Broyles caught a 21-yard pass from Matthew Stafford in the third quarter for his only catch of the afternoon. He was targeted twice. Brandon Pettigrew caught all two of his targets in the first half. He finished the game with 19 receiving yards.
The Lions have listed QB Kellen Moore, CB Cassius Vaughn, S James Ihedigbo, FB Montell Owens, LB Travis Lewis, T LaAdrian Waddle and WR Ryan Broyles as inactive Week 3 against the Packers.
Lewis and Vaughn had already been ruled out prior to gametime. Ihedigbo and Owens entered the game considered doubtful.
The Lions' list of inactives for Week 2 at Carolina includes defensive back James Ihedigbo (neck), defensive back Don Carey (hamstring), offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle (calf), quarterback Kellen Moore, defensive lineman Larry Webster, wide receiver Kevin Ogletree and wide receiver Ryan Broyles.
Moore, Webster, Ogletree and Broyles are all healthy scratches.
The Lions unveiled their inactives for Week 1 against the Giants. The following players were ruled inactive for the game: Kevin Ogletree, Ryan Broyles, Kellen Moore, Cornelius Lucas, Larry Webster, James Ihedigbo and Don Carey.
Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles led the team in receiving yards this preseason, finishing with 11 catches for 144 yards.
Broyles managed two plays of at least 20 yards, and nine of his 11 receptions resulted in first downs. While Broyles was able to make the final 53-man roster, he's listed as a third-string receiver on the unofficial depth chart posted on the team's website. With draft pick Eric Ebron and free-agent signee Golden Tate figuring into the team's offensive plans, Broyles will likely have trouble finding consistent targets unless a rash of injuries occur.
Though a story previewing receivers on the Lions official team website says that the Lions will give Ryan Broyles every opportunity to make the team this summer, they still list him as being on the roster bubble. That's because Broyles has battled injuries throughout his short NFL career after being taken in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He's played 16 games over two seasons and has 30 catches for 395 yards and two scores.
"Broyles still has to prove the explosiveness is back in his legs," writer Tim Twentyman explains. "If he does that, he should have a spot."