Raiders FA Player Profile: WR Andre Holmes

Matthew Emmons-US PRESSWIRE

The Raiders have signed the former Hillsdale star wideout who most recently was on the Patriots' practice squad.

It's no secret that the Raiders receiving corps leaves something to be desired. As part of an effort to bolster the depth and overall talent of the receiver group, the Raiders have drafted and signed several receivers, most recently former Hillsdale College star and Jared Veldheer teammate Andre Holmes, whom they signed on May 13.

In recent years the Raiders have acquired several smaller receivers, but Holmes is a big target at 6'4" and 210 pounds. He put together the greatest receiving season in Hillsdale history in 2010, with 104 receptions for 1,368 yards, both school records. He averaged 114 receiving yards per game that year. However, unfortunately for him following that tremendous effort he went undrafted due to his small school stature.

Holmes is known as an electric playmaker who is very difficult to cover. He is not extremely fast with a 4.5 forty time, but would be an asset as a possession receiver as he knows how to use his size to shield defenders while making tough catches over the middle. He is very athletic and is a former track star and triple jump champion. He is also enthusiastic about special teams assignments.

While a member of the Cowboys and Patriots, two teams with a preponderance of receiving talent, Holmes wasn't able to crack the lineup and has been waived three times. However, the Raiders have a desperate need for receiving depth and have had success with UDFA receivers in the past. Holmes is a big body and if he excels in camp could be this year's Rod Streater or the next Chaz Schilens.

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