Kevin Ogeltree entered training camp as the default favorite to win the Cowboys’ much-talked about No. 3 receiver spot, but in Monday night’s preseason opener, second-year receiver Andre Holmes’ performance reminded us all that the competition for the job is only beginning to heat up.
An undrafted free agent in 2011, Holmes caught three passes against the Raiders for 40 yards. The second-year man’s showing was enough to draw the attention of his boss, owner and general manager Jerry Jones, which is usually a good sign where this sort of thing is concerned.
“Well, I think Andre certainly didn’t hurt himself out there tonight,” Jones said, per the Dallas Morning News. “He’s just got to do consistently the things that he’s supposed to be doing and go where he’s supposed to go and that will take those reps that we’re getting up in Oxnard will help him out. And I expect him to get better and better and better, I really do.”
It’s true that Holmes has only gotten better thus far in camp, though he didn’t exactly start on a high note, as one of the three players to fail the initial conditioning test. Since then, he’s struggled with drops at times, but at 6-foot-4 and coming off a solid preseason debut, he remains a player to watch as the back end of the receiver corps. shakes itself out.
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