by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
According to Steve Corkran via Twitter, the Raiders wide receiver snaps from this past Sunday were as follows:
- Andre Holmes – 48
- James Jones – 47
- Brice Butler – 23
- Denarius Moore – 22
- Kenbrell Tompkins – 2
Thompkins obviously needs time to get accustomed to the offense, but it is becoming clear that Holmes is seeing his role in Oakland grow substantially. For some, we are asking the question as to why it took this long.
Remember Holmes had shown some good signs late last season, with 25 receptions for 431 yards and 1 TD. It would’ve made sense for the Raiders to turn the 6’4″, 210 pound receiver loose this season… Then again, this is Oakland we are talking about.
Over his past two games Holmes has been targeted 20 times, yielding 9 catches for 195 yards and 3 TD. Obviously we’d like to see a better completion percentage, but we also have to a allow time for he and Derek Carr to gel together. Clearly the youngsters have the potential to be electric, it’s just a matter of getting there.
Is Holmes going to be a monster receiver? Time will tell, but opportunity is always going to be the key to success in the NFL. If you aren’t getting the football, how can you make plays?
Given the other “weapons” and the lack of a running game (hopefully Latavius Murray is the next young Raider unleashed, but that’s a different story), there is no reason to think that Holmes isn’t going to continue to be targeted a significant amount. Consider him more of a WR4, for now, but one who could develop into a trustworthy option before long.
Source – ESPN
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