Friday, November 29, 2013
Dallas gets 'practice squad Andre' Holmes
By Tim MacMahon
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Just when you wanted to question Jerry Jones' ability to judge talent, Andre Holmes had his breakout performance.
OK, that certainly won't quiet the critics of the only general manager in the NFL with guaranteed job security, especially since it came at the Dallas Cowboys' expense.
Holmes, a receiver who was Jones' "pet cat" when he was on the Cowboys' practice squad, caught seven passes for 136 yards in Oakland's 31-24 loss to the Cowboys. To put that in perspective, Holmes had five catches for 76 yards in his career entering Thursday's game.
"That was the practice squad Andre we were counting on the following year," Jones said. "We've seen him do that and have seen it a lot and a matter of fact, Tony [Romo] as the quarterback, was talking about, 'Man, we’ve got a receiver who is just outstanding and he's probably going to be one who can help us.' But when we got him out there and got him in the group, we didn't see that. I guess we were just a little impatient, but he sure could get it."
The Cowboys hoped Holmes could seize the third receiver role last season, but he had a disappointing training camp and caught only two passes for 11 yards before being released in November.
"If I had a calendar, I checked [this day] because I wanted to come here and play well in front of a team I had played for," Holmes said. "It just sucks that we didn't get the win."