Signed by Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted free agent, July 27, 2011…Waived by Vikings, Aug. 29, 2011…Signed by Dallas Cowboys to practice squad, Sept. 5, 2011…Promoted by Cowboys to active roster, Dec. 9, 2011…Waived by Cowboys, Nov. 24, 2012…Re-signed by Cowboys to practice squad, Nov. 27, 2012…Signed by New England Patriots as reserve/future free agent, Jan. 21, 2013…Waived by Patriots, May 10, 2013…Claimed off waivers by Oakland Raiders, May 13, 2013.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: An Oakland waiver-wire acquisition following the 2013 draft…Saw his first significant offensive action in 2013, posting career highs in catches (25) and yards (431)…Has played in 17 career games (four starts) with 27 receptions for 442 yards and one TD… Made the Cowboys’ season-opening roster in 2012, caught his first two passes, and provided solid contributions on special teams, including an onside-kick recovery before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad.
2013: Spent the first four games of the season on the reserve/suspended list before being added to the active roster...Recorded his first reception as a Raider in Week 11 at Houston...Made his first NFL start on Nov. 24 vs. Tennessee...Enjoyed a breakout season, posting 25 catches for 431 yards and one TD...(10/13) at KC: Saw his first action of the season and made his Raider debut...(11/10) at NYG: Saw action on offense and on special teams...Recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and returned it 22 yards to set up the Raiders’ first TD drive...(11/17) at Hou.: Saw action at WR and recorded his first reception as a Raider, a 33-yard leaping catch...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Started at WR and recorded two receptions for 32 yards, including a 16-yarder in the third quarter to set up a Raiders field goal...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted his best game as a pro, hauling in seven catches for 136 yards...Recorded three catches of at least 20 yards (21, 24, 35)...(12/8) at NYJ: Started at WR and totaled three catches for 63 yards...Hauled in a 40-yard pass from QB Matt McGloin in the second quarter, getting Oakland out from inside its own 10-yard line...(12/15) vs. KC: Recorded four catches for 58 yards and one TD...His six-yard TD on the Raiders’ first drive of the second half was the first TD reception of his career...(12/22) at SD: Recorded team highs with five catches and 71 yards...Had a strong fourth quarter, hauling in four catches for 60 yards...(12/29) vs. Den.: Hauled in three catches for 38 yards, including a 22-yarder on the Raiders’ fourth-quarter scoring drive.
2012 (with Dal.): Played in his first seven NFL games, primarily on special teams…Caught two passes for 11 yards (5.5 avg.) and added two coverage tackles…Waived on Nov. 24 and re-signed three days later to team’s practice squad, where he finished the season…(9/5) at NYG: Made his NFL debut in the league’s Wednesday-night opener…On the opening kickoff, made the season’s first tackle…(10/1) vs. Chi.: Made his first NFL reception, converting a third down with a 7-yard reception from QB Kyle Orton on a late touchdown drive…(10/14) at Bal.: With 30 seconds left and Dallas trailing 31-29, recovered his team’s onside kick at the Cowboys’ 46-yard line.
2011 (with Dal.): Spent the final four weeks of his rookie season on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, but did not play...Initially signed with Cowboys on Sept. 5...Entered the NFL with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent and was waived at the end of training camp.
COLLEGE: A three-year starter and four-year letterman at Division II Hillsdale College…Garnered first-team all-conference honors three consecutive years…An All-American as a 2010 senior, turned in the most productive receiving season in the program’s 119-year football history, with single-season school records in both receptions (104) and receiving yards (1,368), averaging 114.0 per game…Started all 12 games and helped lead his team to the first round of the NCAA playoffs and in his college swan song recorded a Hillsdale-record 16 catches, for 208 yards and two TDs, in a loss to St. Cloud State…As a 2009 junior, had 1,076 yards on 77 receptions...Became a starter as a sophomore after playing in all 11 games as a redshirt freshman...Also lettered in track and won the outdoor triple jump at the 2007 Greater Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships.
PERSONAL: Father, Kevin Holmes, played college basketball for DePaul from 1982-86, helping the Blue Demons to four NCAA tournament appearances…Started just one season as a WR at James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Ill., helping lead the Cougars to a playoff berth.