Nick Holz enters his seventh season with the Raiders, having spent 2017 as assistant wide receivers coach, two previous seasons as the Silver and Black’s quality control – offense from 2015-16 and three seasons as the team’s offensive assistant from 2012-14.
In 2017, Holz supported the wide receiver corps in their development as veteran WR duo Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper achieved continued success. Crabtree led the receivers in receptions (58) and receiving touchdowns (eight) for the second straight year and became the first Raider since Tim Brown to record at least eight touchdowns in three straight years. Third-year pro Cooper totaled 48 receptions for 680 yards and a career-high seven touchdowns on the year. Cooper also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Week honors in Week 7 vs. Kansas City after he totaled two touchdowns on 11 receptions for 210 yards, the second-most receiving yards in a game in club history. Newcomer WR Cordarrelle Patterson played in all 16 games with two starts in his first season with the Silver and Black, finishing with 31 receptions for 309 yards.
In 2016, Holz helped Cooper earn his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection. Cooper led the team with 1,153 receiving yards on 83 catches (13.9 avg.) with five touchdowns, becoming just the third player in NFL history with at least 1,000 yards and 70 catches in each of his first two seasons. Crabtree recorded his first 1,000-plus yard season since 2012, and led the team with 89 receptions, becoming the third Raider with multiple 85-catch seasons. Crabtree also recorded eight touchdowns, which ranked fourth among AFC receivers.
Holz’s focus in 2015 was primarily on the wide receivers, where he helped a young, talented corps. Holz guided first-round draft pick Cooper as he set rookie-franchise records for receptions (72), receiving yards (1,070) and 100-yard games (five). His reception total stands as the most by an NFL wide receiver 21 years old or younger. Holz also helped free agent Crabtree thrive during his first season in Oakland, leading the team with 85 receptions for 922 yards and nine touchdowns.
In 2014, Holz helped to groom the team’s receivers while helping several free-agent acquisitions adapt into productive roles. Holz developed WR Andre Holmes, as he went on to set career highs with 47 receptions and 693 yards, and second-year WR Brice Butler emerged as a deep threat with 21 receptions and two touchdowns.
Holz worked extensively with Oakland’s youthful receivers in 2013, helping second-year WR Rod Streater lead the team with 60 receptions and 888 yards. Streater also set a career single-game mark, collecting 130 receiving yards on seven catches and one touchdown against the New York Jets on Dec. 8.
In 2012, Holz aided Streater, who become one of the most productive undrafted rookie players in recent NFL history. Streater’s 39 catches in 2012 were tied for third most among undrafted rookies since 2000, and fourth most by a Raider rookie.
Prior to joining the Silver and Black, Holz assisted on a Stanford staff that led the Cardinal to appearances in the Sun Bowl, Orange Bowl and Fiesta Bowl. As an assistant quarterbacks coach, he helped QB Andrew Luck earn first-team All-American honors and finish as the runner-up in Heisman Trophy voting twice.
He began his collegiate coaching career at Nebraska, where he served as offensive quality control coach and video intern for the Cornhuskers in 2007.
PERSONAL: Native of Danville, Calif. ... Three-year letterwinner (2004-06) at Colorado as a wide receiver and holder for field goals and PATs...Voted by teammates as the recipient of The Regiment Award, presented annually to the Colorado player that makes the greatest contribution to the team with the least recognition as a senior ... Earned a bachelor’s degree in communications ... Prepped at De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. ... Named the team’s most inspirational player following the Spartans’ 2002 national championship season ... Married to Christine.