Holmes, currently listed as No. 2 option on the Bills' depth chart, was already reported to be having an unimpressive camp. With veteran Rod Streater and rookie Zay Jones already turning heads in practices, the addition of Boldin, who's proven to be a dependable red-zone target throughout his career, only further hurts Holmes' chances of maintaining his spot with the first-team offense. Even if Holmes is able to distinguish himself during the preseason and open the regular season as the second wideout behind Sammy Watkins, the Bills' run-heavy offense probably won't leave many targets to go around to Holmes, or any of the Bills' other secondary options in the pass game for that matter.
The job just isn't going to be handed to Holmes, especially with the similarly sized Rod Streater standing out behind him. There's also rookie Zay Jones, whom the Bills picked early in the second round, as well as offseason acquisition Philly Brown. Holmes better start making plays as the preseason picks up.
Holmes, who was already coming off a strong set of OTAs, continued to impress the coaching staff at last week's minicamp, The Buffalo News reports. "I'll tell you the guy that's really stood out has been Andre," coach Sean McDermott said. "He's done a phenomenal job, not only on offense, but also special teams. Very solid performer day to day, consistent and just really - that's been a nice pickup for us so far and I really appreciate his leadership."
It looks like it's going to be Holmes and rookie Zay Jones battling it out for the No. 2 spot next to Sammy Watkins. Jones offers more upside, but some seem to be expecting a bit much immediately from a rookie -- one that's already been injured this spring -- that's never played an NFL down. Holmes doesn't exactly have an eye-popping resume, but he did occasionally produce some meaningful numbers with the Raiders (he posted a 47/693/4 line in 2016), and at 6-4 and 210 pounds offers the best size of any Bills receiver in line to receive regular playing time.
With Sammy Watkins (foot) and Zay Jones (knee) sidelined during OTAs, Holmes has been seeing plenty of action while demonstrating smooth route running and good field awareness, John Murphy of BuffaloBills.com reports.
Everyone seems to want to pencil Jones into that No. 2 starting wideout spot, but that may be jumping to conclusions considering the rookie played his college ball at East Carolina, has yet to play an NFL down, and is now injured. Holmes seems like the safer play if the Bills choose to go that route, as he has plenty of pro experience and did catch 47 balls (four TD catches) for the 2014 Raiders. Assuming Jones gets back to health quickly, this might end up being a pretty good job battle this summer.
The Bills traded up to get the rookie from East Carolina, and the talk already has him getting a fair shake at the vacant No. 2 position. Holmes of course offers more experience than Jones, though he's produced 25 or less catches in four of his five NFL seasons and doesn't have anywhere near the youngster's upside. That said, rookies have struggled to quickly grasp the pro game before, so consider this an open three-way battle for now, with Philly Brown also in the running.
|P3||8/26/17||@ BAL||7:00 pm|
|2||9/17/17||@ CAR||1:00 pm|
|4||10/1/17||@ ATL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/8/17||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 6|
|9||11/2/17||@ NYJ||8:25 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|12||11/26/17||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ NE||1:00 pm|
|17||12/31/17||@ MIA||1:00 pm|
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