Monday, May 4, 2015
FAIRFIELD-SUISUN, CALIFORNIA
99 CENTS

Holmes showing up big again for Raiders

By
August 06, 2014 |

NAPA — Andre Holmes is the biggest wide receiver on the Oakland Raiders roster.

He’s playing like it, too.

The 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound has been quarterback Matt Schaub’s most consistent downfield threat since the team began practicing, following up on a surprising 2013 campaign in which Holmes led the club in yards per catch after missing the first five games.

That has elevated the former undrafted free agent atop Oakland’s first depth chart released by the team.

While that holds about as much significance as scoring touchdowns in practice, it’s a definite sign of the Raiders believe that Holmes can solve the question of who will be the team’s number one receiver in 2014.

“A long strider, has a big burst up the field, can separate and then go up and get the football … exactly what you want from a receiver,” Schaub said Monday. “I’m excited to see what he can do in game action. He’s a big, big threat for us.”

Schaub knows the benefits of having a big, physical receivers named Andre. Oakland’s first-year quarterback spent the past seven seasons throwing to 6-3, 220-pound Andre Johnson, a seven-time Pro Bowl selection.

Holmes clearly isn’t on Johnson’s level. He has just 27 career receptions and has scored only one touchdown in 17 games.

Still, for an Oakland team that doesn’t have a clear-cut No. 1 wideout Holmes is currently the closest thing to it.

He certainly looked the part so far, an encouraging sign for an offense that tied for 24th in passing last season.

“It’s a good feeling but I still look to improve in many areas,” Holmes said. “I can’t be complacent. I know that I have a lot to work on and that’s what I’m trying to do right now in this camp.”

Holmes hasn’t dropped many passes in practice and made a pair of nice receptions after the Raiders returned from a day off.

He beat rookie defensive back Keith McGill to haul in a deep touchdown throw from Schaub, then later split the zone coverage of veteran cornerback Carlos Rogers and safety Tyvon Branch to make another long catch.

“We’re starting to click a little bit,” Holmes said of he and Schaub. “He knows where I like the ball and he’s been placing it in those areas a lot. He’s starting to get a connection with all of us in knowing where we’re going to be and kind of the timing of the routes.”

The Raiders picked up Holmes off waivers last year but weren’t quite sure what they were getting.

A three-year starter at Division II Hillsdale College, Holmes went undrafted in 2011 and was cut by the Minnesota Vikings at the end of training camp. He spent the next two years with Dallas but played in just seven games and caught only two passes.

Holmes signed with Oakland on May 13, 2013 but missed the first four games after testing positive for a banned substance that violated the league’s performance enhancing drugs.

He sat out a fifth game as a roster exemption and didn’t make his first catch of 2013 until Week 11. Holmes finished with 25 catches for 431 yards and a team-leading 17.2-yard average.

“He has surpassed what we thought we were getting when we brought him in here, and there’s still a lot that he can improve on,” Oakland coach Dennis Allen. “But I’m happy with what we’re getting out of Andre Holmes. He’s going to be a real factor for us. With the nature of the NFL now and kind of trend in the league is these bigger, physical receivers and he certainly fits that mold.

“Sometimes you get these big receivers and they don’t play big but Andre’s one of those guys that not only does he have that physical stature but he plays to that stature.”

That’s something that’s taken Holmes some time to get accustomed to doing.

In college, he used his speed and quickness to get around smaller, slower defensive backs. In the NFL, Holmes has become adept at using his size to his advantage while going up for the ball.

“I actually put a lot of emphasis this offseason and this training camp on being more physical, especially off the line,” Holmes said. “Not necessarily using as much quickness off the line but trying to use my strengths in that I have long arms and I’m at times stronger than the other DB. I put a lot of emphasis in that when I run my routes.”

Notes: Owner Mark Davis was back on the sidelines watching practice after attending the Hall of Fame induction of former Raiders punter Ray Guy. … LB Sio Moore sat out with a sore rib. In his absence, Miles Burris took the reps at outside linebacker with the first-team defense.

 

The Associated Press

The Associated Press

LEAVE A COMMENT

Discussion | No comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Read our full policy

.

Solano News

New Torah being written for Solano County Jews

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 2 Comments | Gallery

 
Napa Valley College site of Girls on the Run event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Putah Creek Council plans bat outing

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3, 1 Comment

 
Vacaville Museum celebrates historic pioneer girl

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A3 | Gallery

 
Chambers of commerce plan Cinco de Mayo event

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Tickets available for Dixon May Fair, sneak peek

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Local governments set to meet

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A3

 
Fairfield police log: May 2, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

 
Suisun City police log: May 2, 2015

By Glen Faison | From Page: A9

Suisun City police log: May 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

 
Fairfield police log: May 1, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A9

Biz Buzz: First Northern Bank announces earnings

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

 
Weather for Monday, May 4, 2015

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B10

Biz Buzz: Sleep Train continues clothing drive

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A10

 
Biz Buzz: Solano College site of business expo

By Kevin W. Green | From Page: A10

 
.

US / World

Google embeds engineers as professors

By The Associated Press | From Page: A1 | Gallery

 
Oyez! Town crier at royal baby birth captures attention

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2

 
Quakes hit California, but no damage or injuries reported

By The Associated Press | From Page: A4

 
With rescue near, Boko Haram stoned Nigerian girls to death

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5 | Gallery

Survey: States spent heavily to clear winter snow and ice

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
 
Slain trooper’s parents say they forgive suspected ambusher

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Baltimore mayor lifts curfew 6 days after riots

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Italy: At least 10 migrants found dead in sea off Libya

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
Arab coalition ‘reconnaissance’ troops land in Yemen

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

Nepal shuts airport to big jets; more bodies found

By The Associated Press | From Page: A5

 
.

Living

Catholics honor mother of church with special event

By Amy Maginnis-Honey | From Page: A1, 1 Comment | Gallery

 
Today in history: Monday, May 4, 2015

By The Associated Press | From Page: A2, 1 Comment

Community Calendar: May 4, 2015

By Susan Hiland | From Page: A2

 
Returning home puts far-flung choices in relief

By Sharon Randall | From Page: B5

Horoscope: May 4, 2014

By Holiday Mathis | From Page: A7

 
Family member has still not paid for commissioned artwork

By Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar | From Page: A7

.

Entertainment

Ashes of ballerina Plisetskaya to be spread over Russia

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
New project in US South promotes music “triangle”

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6 | Gallery

‘Avengers’ sequel is second biggest US opener of all time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
TVGrid May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B6

Wanted by the US, Roman Polanski gets film award in Poland

By The Associated Press | From Page: B6

 
TVGrid May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A10

.

Sports

JC softball: Solano eliminated after late rally comes up short

By Daily Republic staff | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
AP Source: Warriors star Stephen Curry to be named NBA MVP

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1

 
Dale Earnhardt Jr. cruises to 1st Talladega win since 2004

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

McIlroy top of the world at Match Play Championship

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

 
Warriors roll past Grizzlies 101-86 in Game 1 of West semis

By The Associated Press | From Page: B1 | Gallery

Unusually wild Gray, Vogt HRs carry A’s past Rangers 7-1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Texas the front line on high school ECG debate

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Giants beat Angels 5-0 behind Lincecum for 3-game sweep

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2 | Gallery

 
Mayweather takes his $100 million check and runs

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Vonn says relationship with Woods is over

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
5-year drought ends as Chelsea is champion of England again

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Montoya fastest on opening day of Indy tests

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
LeBron, Cavs ready to take on raging Bulls

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Paul questionable as Clippers and Rockets begin series

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
James Taylor debuts new song about Fenway, at Fenway

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Westbrook, Valiante win IMSA Tudor race at Monterey

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Inbee Park wins North Texas Shootout for 2nd time

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

Ian Woosnam wins Champions Tour’s Insperity Invitational

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

 
Royals’ Lorenzo Cain drops appeal, begins serving suspension

By The Associated Press | From Page: B2

This date in sports history for May 4

By The Associated Press | From Page: B3

 
Beal leads well-rested Wizards past Hawks 104-98 in Game 1

By The Associated Press | From Page: B10 | Gallery

 
.

Business

 
.

Obituaries

Arthur Martin

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
Ora May Bray

By Daily Republic | From Page: A4

Lois G. Johnston (Leib) (Bayard)

By Nancy Green | From Page: A4

 
.

Comics

Wizard of Id May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Rose is Rose May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Zits May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
For Better or Worse May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

B.C. May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Sally Forth May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Get Fuzzy May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Garfield May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Baldo May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Blondie May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Peanuts May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Pickles May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Frank and Ernest May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

 
Dilbert May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B4

Word Sleuth May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Bridge May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Cryptoquote May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Crossword May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

Sudoku May 5

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: B5

 
Zits May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Garfield May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
B.C. May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Peanuts May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Sally Forth May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Frank and Ernest May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Blondie May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Baldo May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Wizard of Id May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Beetle Bailey May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Baby Blues May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Pickles May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
For Better or Worse May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Get Fuzzy May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Dilbert May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

Rose is Rose May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A6

 
Bridge May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Word Sleuth May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Crossword May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

Sudoku May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7

 
Cryptoquote May 4

By Daily Republic Syndicated Content | From Page: A7