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Andre Holmes
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Holmes with the Raiders in 2014
Wide receiver
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-06-16) June 16, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Hoffman Estates, Illinois
Career information
College: Hillsdale
Undrafted in 2011
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
* Minnesota Vikings ( 2011)*
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Receptions     128
Receiving yards     1,744
Receiving touchdowns     15

Andre Holmes (born June 16, 1988) is an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent. Originally signed by the Minnesota Vikings as a undrafted free agent in 2011, Holmes has also played for the Dallas Cowboys, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills, and Denver Broncos.

Holmes played college football at Hillsdale College. He played for Hillsdale from 2007 to 2010 and holds the school's all-time record for receiving yardage.[1] During his junior and senior seasons, he also set multiple Hillsdale records with 181 catches, 2,444 yards and 17 touchdowns.[2][3] After completing his collegiate career, he was invited to play in the Texas vs. The Nation college football all-star game.[4][5]

Early yearsEdit

Holmes attended James B. Conant High School where he started at wide receiver for only one season. His football coaches were Dave Pendergast and Bill Modelski. He also participated in basketball where he was coached by Tom McCormack and Jeff Stewart. In track and field, he set PR of 6.85 meters in the long jump and 14.06 meters in triple jump. In addition, he was also a member of the 4 × 200m relay (1:29.66).

He moved on to NCAA Division II Hillsdale College, where he was coached by Keith Otterbein, and where as a senior he set single-season school records with 104 receptions and over 1,300 receiving yards. He also had 11 touchdowns.

In 2010, he also set a single game school record in the team's first-round playoff game against St. Cloud State University with 16 receptions.

Holmes was twice named ALL-GLIAC and a Division II All-American honorable mention. He was also a member of the track and field team, winning the GLIAC title in the outdoor triple jump at the conference championships in 2006.

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measureables
Ht Wt 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP Wonderlic
6 ft 4 in 210 lb 4.51 s 1.61 s 2.60 s 4.31 s 6.69 s 35 in 10 ft 10 in 11 rep

Minnesota VikingsEdit

Holmes went undrafted in the 2011 NFL Draft due to his small school background, and was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Minnesota Vikings. He was waived by the Vikings on August 29, 2011.

Dallas CowboysEdit

The Dallas Cowboys signed him to their practice squad on September 5, 2011 and promoted him to the active roster on December 9, but did not play in the last 4 games of the season. Holmes was waived by the Cowboys on November 24, 2012.[7] On November 27, the Cowboys re-signed Holmes to their practice squad, as a replacement to Danny Coale, but wasn't re-signed at the end of the season.[8]

New England PatriotsEdit

Holmes was signed by New England Patriots on January 8, 2013, to the practice squad.[9] He was waived on May 10.[10]

Oakland RaidersEdit

Holmes was claimed off waivers by the Oakland Raiders on May 13, 2013.[11] On July 27, 2013, he was suspended for the first 4 games of the 2013 season due to violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. After serving his suspension and being reinstated by the NFL the Raiders activated him to their roster on October 7, 2013, filling the open roster spot after the release of quarterback Matt Flynn.[12]

On January 7, 2017, Holmes caught his first career postseason touchdown from quarterback Connor Cook in the Raiders' 14–27 wildcard round loss to the Houston Texans.[13]

Buffalo BillsEdit

On March 18, 2017, Holmes signed a three-year, $6.5 million contract with the Buffalo Bills.[14] On September 10, in the season-opening 21–12 victory over the New York Jets, he recorded his first touchdown as a Bill, a one-yard pass from quarterback Tyrod Taylor.[15] He was placed on injured reserve on December 26, 2017 with a neck injury.[16]

During the 2018 season, Holmes played in over 70% of special team snaps for the Bills. On December 4, 2018, the Bills released Holmes.[17]

Denver BroncosEdit

On December 5, 2018, Holmes was claimed off waivers by the Denver Broncos.[18] On December 28, 2018, Holmes was placed on injured reserve.[19] He was released on January 23, 2019.[20]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular seasonEdit

Team Season G GS Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg Lng TD Att Yds Avg TD Long Fum Lost
2012 DAL 7 0 2 11 5.5 7 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2013 OAK 10 4 25 431 17.2 40 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2014 OAK 16 13 47 693 14.7 77T 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2015 OAK 16 1 14 201 14.4 49T 4 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2016 OAK 16 2 14 126 9.0 23 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2017 BUF 14 2 13 120 9.2 36 3 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2018 BUF 12 3 12 157 13.1 24 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
DEN 3 0 1 5 5.0 5 0 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Totals 92 25 128 1,744 13.6 77T 15 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

PostseasonEdit

Team Season G GS Receiving Rushing Fumbles
Rec Yds Avg TD Long Att Yds Avg TD Long Fum Lost
OAK 2016 1 0 4 50 12.5 1 20 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Totals 1 0 4 50 12.5 1 20 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0

Personal lifeEdit

Holmes' father, Kevin Holmes, played college basketball for DePaul in the 1980s.[21] His younger brother Jason, a former college basketball player at Mississippi Valley State and Morehead State, was signed to a rookie contract by St Kilda of the Australian Football League in October 2013.[22][23]

ReferencesEdit

  1. "Good to be home, Holmes sets record as Chargers win". The Hillsdale Daily News. November 8, 2010.
  2. Powers, Scott (April 28, 2011). "Ex-Conant star primed for NFL chance". ESPN (ESPN.com). http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/colleges/post/_/id/2837/ex-conant-star-primed-for-nfl-chance.
  3. "#81 Andre Holmes". Hillsdale College. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. https://web.archive.org/web/20120612075349/http://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions/news/news_story.asp?iNewsID=1151&strBack=.
  4. "Holmes headed to All-Star game, WR accepts bid to Texas vs. The Nation game". The Hillsdale Daily News. December 9, 2010.
  5. Pryson, Mike (December 9, 2010). "Hillsdale College wide receiver Andre Holmes to take part in Texas vs. The Nation All-Star Game". The Jackson Citizen Patriot. http://www.mlive.com/sports/jackson/index.ssf/2010/12/hillsdale_college_wide_receive.html.
  6. "Andre Holmes - Hillsdale, WR : 2011 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=103751&draftyear=2011&genpos=WR.
  7. "Andre Holmes Released; Free Agent WR Likely To Sign". November 24, 2012. https://www.dallascowboys.com/news/andre-holmes-released-free-agent-wr-likely-to-sign-332316.
  8. Archer, Todd. "Andre Holmes returns to practice squad". http://espn.go.com/blog/dallas/cowboys/post/_/id/4702120/andre-holmes-returns-to-practice-squad.
  9. Vega, Michael (January 8, 2013). "Patriots sign WR Andre Holmes to practice squad". The Boston Globe. http://www.boston.com/sports/football/patriots/extra_points/2013/01/patriots_sign_w_4.html.
  10. Rodak, Mike (November 5, 2013). "Source: WR Andre Holmes waived". ESPN. ESPN Inc.. http://espn.go.com/blog/boston/new-england-patriots/post/_/id/4743334/source-wr-andre-holmes-waived. Retrieved August 22, 2015.
  11. "Raiders Claim Veldheer's Former Teammate, Sign 7 Tryout Players Following Rookie Camp". https://web.archive.org/web/20170912012935/http://www.raiders.com/news/article-1/Raiders-Claim-Veldheers-Former-Teammate-Sign-7-Tryout-Players-Following-Rookie-Camp/9abaec4e-2773-45d7-87e8-836e0aa4163b.
  12. Krause, Marcus. "Andre Holmes activated, Flynn's release confirmed". http://www.silverandblackpride.com/2013/10/7/4813730/wide-receiver-andrew-holmes-activated-by-oakland-raiders-takes-spot-of-released-matt.
  13. "Wild Card - Oakland Raiders at Houston Texans - January 7th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201701070htx.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  14. Brown, Chris (March 18, 2017). "WR Andre Holmes agrees to terms with Bills". https://web.archive.org/web/20180301104142/http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/WR-Andre-Holmes-agrees-to-terms-with-Bills/723a842a-d3ed-4914-bba2-03489796c571.
  15. "New York Jets at Buffalo Bills - September 10th, 2017". Pro-Football-Reference.com. https://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/201709100buf.htm. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
  16. Brown, Chris (December 26, 2017). "Bills add three to active roster from practice squad". https://web.archive.org/web/20180408195157/http://www.buffalobills.com/news/article-1/Bills-add-three-to-active-roster-from-practice-squad/607e5451-c238-4798-84ae-5c46fb4b19d0.
  17. Brown, Chris (December 4, 2018). "Bills release WR Kelvin Benjamin in a series of roster moves". https://www.buffalobills.com/news/bills-make-a-series-of-roster-moves.
  18. DiLalla, Aric (December 5, 2018). "Broncos place Emmanuel Sanders on IR, claim WR Andre Holmes off waivers from Bills". https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-place-emmanuel-sanders-on-ir-claim-wr-andre-holmes-off-waivers-from-bill.
  19. "Broncos Injury Report: Phillip Lindsay, Andre Holmes placed on injured reserve". December 28, 2018. https://www.denverbroncos.com/news/broncos-injury-report-phillip-lindsay-andre-holmes-placed-on-injured-reserve.
  20. Williams, Charean (January 23, 2019). "Broncos cut Andre Holmes". Pro Football Talk. NBC Sports. https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2019/01/23/broncos-cut-andre-holmes/.
  21. "Ex-DePaul star Kevin Holmes excited about son's NFL draft chances". April 26, 2011. http://www.suntimes.com/sports/football/5040297-419/ex-depaul-star-kevin-holmes-excited-about-sons-nfl-draft-chances.html.
  22. Collins, Ben (October 2, 2013). "Saints sign leaping US basketballer as rookie". AFL.com.au. http://www.afl.com.au/news/2013-10-02/saints-sign-us-giant. Retrieved October 9, 2013.
  23. Segal, Matt (October 7, 2013). "Former Eagle Signs Pro Deal in Australian Football League". Morehead State Athletics. http://www.msueagles.com/news/2013/10/7/MBB_1007132920.aspx?path=mbball.

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