|Ht / Wt:||6'4" / 223 lb.|
|College:||Hillsdale - MI|
|Born:||June 16, 1988|
|Drafted:||2011 / UDFA|
Holmes was released by the Broncos on Wednesday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Holmes was initially acquired by the Broncos on Dec. 5 after having been released by the Bills, and now hits the open market as an unrestricted free agent. The 30-year-old veteran caught his only target for a gain of five yards across three games in Denver, before suffering a high-ankle sprain during a Week 16 loss to the Raiders and being placed on injured reserve. The big-bodied receiver is expected to recover in time for offseason OTAs in the spring, and will work to land a depth role elsewhere in the league.
Holmes caught his lone target as a Broncos, a gain of five yards, and caught 12 of 23 targets as a Buffalo Bill, gaining 157 yards.
Analysis: Holmes was on the Broncos' roster for three games and was targeted just once before heading to injured reserve with an ankle injury. His future with the team is unclear. On one hand, he's a big-bodied veteran option who counts just $1.45 million against the cap in 2019. On the other, his signing was based on his familiarity with offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme and Musgrave is likely out following the firing of Vance Joseph. Even if he stays on in 2019, he's likely little more than a special-teams contributor and depth option as, outside of -- maybe -- Emmanuel Sanders, the Broncos figure to look to develop their young, talented targets in 2019.
Holmes (ankle) was placed on injured reserve Friday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: The move means little in regards to the severity of Holmes' left high-ankle sprain, simply that he would have been ruled out for Sunday's season finale against the Chargers. The 30-year-old may need some time to make a full recovery, but should be ready for offseason OTAs in the spring.
Holmes (ankle) wasn't taking part in the portion of Thursday's practice that was open to the media, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Holmes' inability to practice for the second straight day adds further credence to the report Mike Klis of 9News Denver issued Wednesday, wherein the wideout was revealed to be dealing with a high-ankle sprain that will likely keep him sidelined for the season finale against the Chargers. The Broncos will officially reveal Holmes' odds of playing in that contest or rule him out entirely when the team releases its final practice report Friday.
Holmes is dealing with a high left ankle sprain and is unlikely to suit up in Sunday's season finale against the Chargers, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Holmes isn't a significant part of the Denver passing game, but his likely absence for Week 17 represents yet another blow to a decimated receiver room that has already lost Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) and Demaryius Thomas (traded to the Texans) for the season. With Holmes out of the mix for Sunday, River Cracraft is in line to serve as the Broncos' No. 4 wideout.
Holmes will undergo an MRI on his left ankle Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Analysis: Holmes was spotted limping in the locker room following Tuesday's game against Oakland. He was unable to log any counting stats during the Week 16 loss.
Holmes caught his only target for a five-yard gain during Saturday's 17-16 loss to Cleveland.
Analysis: Holmes got into the action early in the second quarter, helping convert a second-and-short and set up a Brandon McManus field goal. Holmes garnered just eight offensive snaps on Saturday and, though that could certainly increase with his prior familiarity with Bill Musgrave's attack, that probably wouldn't make sense. Denver has nothing much to play for and so it would make sense to see what it has in first-year targets Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick in these final two games of the season, both against division rivals -- Oakland and Los Angeles -- with solid pass defenses.
The Broncos have claimed Holmes off waivers, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Analysis: Holmes, who the Bills let go Tuesday, gives Denver some added wideout depth and experience, with Emmanuel Sanders dealing with an Achilles' injury. The team's other healthy options at the position are Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, Tim Patrick and River Cracraft.
The Bills have released Holmes.
Analysis: The team also released Kelvin Benjamin on Tuesday, with the moves thinning out the Bills' wideout depth, but paving the way for younger and faster players to get more snaps. In 12 games this season, Holmes caught 12 passes for 157 yards. At 6-foot-4, 210 pounds, the 30-year-old brings good size to the table, but it's still hard to imagine him suddenly emerging as a red zone threat down the stretch, even if he catches on with a new team in short order.
Holmes caught his lone target for 21 yards during Sunday's 41-10 win over the Jets.
Analysis: Sunday was far and away Buffalo's biggest offensive outpouring of the season, but it didn't do much for Holmes, who has now caught one or no passes in five of his last six games. The statuesque target remains a good deep threat who might have the advantage of catching passes from the big-armed rookie, Josh Allen, following the bye. That's where the good news ends. Week 12 brings a Jacksonville defense giving up just 201 passing yards per game, the best in the league.
Holmes (neck) is active for Sunday's contest against the Jets.
Analysis: Holmes was a full participant at practice Thursday and Friday, so his active status isn't very surprising. He'll likely see his usual role as a depth wideout for Buffalo.
Holmes (neck) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets.
Analysis: Holmes began the week as a limited practice participant but put in full sessions Thursday and Friday, so he would appear on track to play Sunday. The 30-year-old has more than two receptions in only one game this season and should take up his usual depth role in the Bills' struggling passing game.
Holmes was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
Analysis: Holmes only practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, but was able to shake that tag and log a full practice Thursday. As evidenced by this news, all signs point to Holmes suiting up in Week 10. The 30-year-old hasn't made a big impact on offense thus far, so it's possible he'll still be limited to a depth role in the passing game to go along with special-teams work.
Holmes was limited during Wednesday's practice session due to a neck injury, the Bills' official site reports.
Analysis: Holmes hasn't logged more than 45 yards in any game this season nor has he found his way into the end zone, so while he'll probably play in this week's game against the Jets, his impact is limited to a depth role in the passing game and special teams work.
Holmes caught his lone target for a six-yard gain during Sunday's 41-9 loss to Chicago.
Analysis: Holmes has now been held to one or no catches in four of five games. Sunday was another day of folly for Buffalo's passing offense with another three interceptions from Nathan Peterman. Maybe we'll see the return of Derek Anderson (concussion) against the Jets Sunday, but given New York's top-5 pass defense in terms of opponent passer rating, it probably won't matter for Buffalo's targets like Holmes.
Holmes caught two of three targets for 45 yards during Monday's 25-6 loss to the Patriots.
Analysis: Despite the modest production, Monday was actually Holmes' best game of the season. The lanky veteran has been solid downfield, four of his 10 receptions this season going for at least 20 yards -- including two on Monday -- but ineffective quarterback play has limited Buffalo's offense. With Nathan Peterman -- who has been intercepted on over 11 percent of his career pass attempts -- looking like the potential starter Sunday against a tough Chicago pass defense, don't expect much out of Holmes.
Holmes caught one of two targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 37-5 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Holmes has not caught multiple passes in a game since Week 4 and is still waiting to top 30 yards in a game or find the end zone. The Patriots' bottom-10 pass defense looks to be a potential cure Sunday, but believing that would require you to look beyond Buffalo's carousel of horrors at quarterback. Derek Anderson, who turned the ball over four times against Indianapolis in his Bills debut, is penciled in to start once again.
Holmes caught one of two targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 20-13 loss to Houston.
Analysis: Holmes has now caught one or no passes in four of six games and with Josh Allen (elbow) out for at least a few weeks and either newcomer Derek Anderson or turnover machine Nathan Peterman taking his place, things don't look likely to improve. The good news is that a relatively friendly matchup against Indianapolis' bottom-third pass defense awaits Sunday.
Holmes caught two of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 22-0 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Holmes has been targeted 10 times during Josh Allen's three starts, but has just five catches and 37 yards to show for them. The original goal was to let Allen sit and prepare for the role of franchise quarterback. Now that he's been thrust into the position of learning on the fly, growing pains are likely to follow both for him and his receivers. Though Buffalo next takes on a middle-of-the-road Titans pass defense in Week 5, Holmes is unlikely to see the volume of targets necessary to produce in what is currently an inefficient pass offense.
Holmes was targeted four times during Sunday's loss to the Chargers but did not catch a pass.
Analysis: The veteran has just one catch for 14 yards through two games. Holmes essentially served as the third wideout Sunday, seeing 58 percent of the offensive snaps with the Bills only using four active receivers. His height and athleticism will get him into the end zone occasionally -- he's had three or more scores each of the last four seasons -- but Holmes remains an unappealing fantasy option in an unappealing offense.
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