The organization firmly believed Holmes had Pro Bowl potential going into this past season. He didn't show too many signs of such promise.
With even team owner Arthur Blank calling for more toughness along the offensive line, Holmes could be on the outside looking in, depending on what acquisitions the Falcons make this offseason. Sam Baker seems to be on solid ground, provided he comes back healthy off a knee injury. The Falcons could add a tackle via free agency, although it's unlikely to be a high-priced player. And there is still speculation on whether the Falcons might target Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews or Auburn tackle Greg Robinson with the sixth overall pick.
Holmes hopes to remain in the mix somewhere.
"Whatever role that's given to me, I'll just embrace it and run with it,'' Holmes said. "Hopefully I'll have a major role and be a focal point on this offensive line.''
Here's Holmes self-evaluation of the 2013 season:
Contract status: Signed through 2015 ($703,400 cap number in 2014)
2013 games played/starts: 16/15
Overview: Holmes, a former third-round draft pick, was thrust into the starting lineup during his second season after Mike Johnson suffered a season-ending dislocated left ankle and fibula fracture. Holmes admitted being out of shape at the start of the season but worked on his conditioning throughout. He began the season as the starting right tackle, came off the bench for one game against New England and finished the season as the starting left tackle due to Baker's season-ending injury. Holmes showed a few flashes but took a significant step back against Brian Orakpo of the Washington Redskins in Week 15.
Holmes' self-evaluation: "I progressed throughout the year. Each game, I progressed and got better and better and better. Hopefully, I can continue to get better in the offseason; get stronger and get more knowledge of the game. I just need to continue to get better.''
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