Signed by Minnesota Vikings as non-drafted 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, brings needed depth to a young Raiders wide-receiver group…With a nice mix of speed and size, like many on the Raiders roster, has plenty of potential…Came into the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings, signed as a rookie free agent just after the 2011 draft…Waived in a preseason roster reduction, landed on the Dallas Cowboys practice squad, where he spent the majority of that rookie season…Promoted to the 53-man roster for the final quarter of 2011, never dressed, primarily due to an ill-timed hamstring strain, sustained at practice…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…Waived by Cowboys later in season, spent the balance of 2012 back on the practice squad…Rejoins college teammate Jared Veldheer in Oakland; those two, along with first-year Panthers CB Nick Hixson, give Hillsdale three players listed on NFL rosters entering 2013…Became in 2012 the sixth player from the small Michigan college to enter an NFL game, joining a list highlighted by Veldheer and former Packers kicker Chester Marcol.
2012: 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…(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, dropping David Wilson at his own 16, setting the tone for a 24-17 Cowboys win…(10/1) vs. Chi.: Made his first NFL reception, converting a third down with a 7-yard reception from 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, just before a missed 51-yard field goal…Waived Nov. 24, returned three days later to team’s practice squad, where he finished the season.
2011: Spent the final four weeks of his rookie season on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, but did not play…Inactive all four games, the last three due to a hamstring, strained at practice preparing for the team’s Week 15 contest…Initially signed with Cowboys Sept. 5, one week after his release from the Vikings, where he’d spent training camp…Entered the NFL with Minnesota as a non-drafted free agent.
COLLEGE: A three-year starter and four-year letterman at Division II Hillsdale College, about an hour southwest of Ann Arbor, Mich., 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, thanks in part to the pass protection of teammate Jared Veldheer…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…Earned his degree in physical education.
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.
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes makes a leaping grab on a pass from quarterback Matt McGloin between two Houston Texans defensive backs.