The race for roster spots at wide receiver with the Buffalo Bills will be a long one.
Coming out of the gates, however, Andre Holmes has the lead.
The veteran, who was signed by a free agent after four years with the Oakland Raiders, took advantage when those ahead of him on the depth chart missed time because of injuries. With Sammy Watkins (foot) and Zay Jones (knee) missing time, Holmes lined up with the starters throughout the spring. He looked good in doing so, too, according to coach Sean McDermott.
“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.”
Holmes, 29, was stuck behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree the last two seasons, so his opportunities were limited. Over that time, he appeared in all 32 games, but made just three starts and had 28 catches for 327 yards. Seven of those receptions, however, went for touchdowns, an indication of the type of ability he has in the red zone.
The Bills signed him to a modest contract – three years and up to $5.15 million, with just a $1.4 million charge against the 2017 salary cap. It’s the type of deal the Bills could get out of at any time if they felt Holmes wasn’t performing well enough – or there was another motivating factor. One example: Holmes factors into the compensatory draft formula. If the Bills released him and two other such players (like defensive end Ryan White, guard Vlad…
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