Signed by Minnesota Vikings as an undrafted 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 a reserve/future free agent, Jan. 21, 2013…Waived by Patriots, May 10, 2013…Claimed via waivers by Oakland Raiders, May 13, 2013…Re-signed by Raiders as a restricted free agent, April 8, 2015.
AT A GLANCE
CAREER: Explosive receiver returns for his third season with the Raiders after starting the final 13 games of 2014 and leading the team with a career-high 693 receiving yards on 47 receptions with four TDs…His 47 receptions (third on team) and four receiving TDs (tied for second) were also personal bests...Since joining the Raiders as a waiver-wire acquisition following the 2013 draft, has appeared in 26 games, starting 17, and has totaled 72 catches for 1,124 yards and five TDs for the Silver and Black…Made the Cowboys’ season-opening roster as a rookie in 2012, caught his first two passes, and provided solid contributions on special teams, including an onside-kick recovery before being waived and re-signed to the practice squad.
2014: Enjoyed a career year, contributing in all 16 games with 13 starts...Set new personal highs with 47 receptions, a team-leading 693 receiving yards and four TDs...(9/14) vs. Hou.: Caught five passes for 45 yards (9.0 avg.), picking up two crucial first downs on the Raiders’ second fourth-quarter TD drive...(9/21) at NE: Picked up one reception for a game-long 29 yards...(9/28) vs. Mia.: Earned first start of the season and caught five passes for 74 yards (14.8 avg.) and a TD...Hauled in 22-yard TD pass from QB Matt McGloin in the fourth quarter, the second score of his career…(10/12) vs. SD: Recorded his second career 100-yard game and first multi-TD game, catching four passes for 121 yards (30.3 avg.), including a career-long 77-yard reception...His 77-yard TD catch from QB Derek Carr the longest passing play for the Raiders all season, and the longest by a Raider since TE Zach Miller’s 86-yard score on Oct. 10, 2009...First multi-TD game by a Raider since TE Brandon Myers on Dec. 12, 2012...Finished the first half with three catches for 115 yards, the most yards with three-or-fewer catches in a single half in franchise history...(10/19) vs. Ari.: Finished with three receptions for 34 yards (11.3 avg.) and a long of 18 yards...All three catches came in the fourth quarter...(10/26) at Cle.: Hauled in five passes for 69 yards (13.8 avg.) and a TD...Scored fourth TD of the season on a short pass from Carr, which he took 10 yards to the end zone...Made a 31-yard catch in the second quarter to move the Raiders into Browns territory...(11/2) at Sea.: Started and caught two passes for 28 yards...(11/16) at SD: Caught two passes for 19 yards (9.5 avg.), surpassing his previous career high in receptions (25)…(11/20) vs. KC: Led the team with 55 receiving yards...Tied for team lead with five receptions...Broke free along the right sideline for a 37-yard gain in the third quarter...(11/30) at StL.: Caught three passes for 28 yards...(12/7) vs. SF: Recorded two receptions for 38 yards in the win over the crosstown-rival 49ers...(12/14) at KC: Hauled in five passes, tied for his season high, for a team-leading 70 yards (14.0 avg.), including a 33-yard diving grab late in the fourth quarter on the team’s lone TD drive...(12/21) vs. Buf.: Caught three passes for 73 yards (24.3 avg.), including his second catch of 50-plus yards this season...Made a leaping grab for 51 yards on a critical third-and-22 play in the fourth quarter, keeping the Raiders’ second TD drive of the game alive...(12/28) at Den.: Recorded two receptions for 10 yards.
2013: Spent the first four games of the season on the reserve/suspended list before being added to the active roster...Recorded his first reception as a Raider in Week 11 at Hou. ...Made his first NFL start on Nov. 24 vs. Ten. ...Enjoyed a breakout season, posting 25 catches for 431 yards and one TD...(10/13) at KC: Saw his first action of the season and made his Raider debut...(11/10) at NYG: Saw action on offense and on special teams...Recovered a fumble on the game’s opening kickoff and returned it 22 yards to set up the Raiders’ first TD drive...(11/17) at Hou.: Saw action at wide receiver and recorded his first reception as a Raider, a 33-yard leaping catch...(11/24) vs. Ten.: Started and recorded two receptions for 32 yards, including a 16-yarder in the third quarter to set up a Raiders FG...(11/28) at Dal.: Posted his best game as a pro, hauling in seven catches for 136 yards (19.4 avg.)...Recorded three catches of at least 20 yards (21, 24, 35)...(12/8) at NYJ: Started and totaled three catches for 63 yards...Hauled in a 40-yard pass from QB Matt McGloin in the second quarter, getting Oakland out from inside its own 10-yard line...(12/15) vs. KC: Recorded four catches for 58 yards and one TD...His six-yard TD on the Raiders’ first drive of the second half was the first TD reception of his career...(12/22) at SD: Recorded team highs with five catches and 71 yards...Had a strong fourth quarter, hauling in four catches for 60 yards...(12/29) vs. Den.: Hauled in three catches for 38 yards, including a 22-yarder on the Raiders’ fourth-quarter scoring drive.
2012 (with Dal.): Played in his first seven NFL games, primarily on special teams…Caught two passes for 11 yards (5.5 avg.) and added two tackles…Waived on Nov. 24 and re-signed three days later to team’s practice squad, where he finished the season…(9/5) at NYG: Made his NFL debut in season opener…On the opening kickoff, made the season’s first tackle…(10/1) vs. Chi.: Made his first NFL reception, converting a third down with a 7-yard reception from QB Kyle Orton on a late TD 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.
2011 (with Dal.): Spent the final four weeks of his rookie season on the Cowboys’ 53-man roster, but did not play...Initially signed with Cowboys on Sept. 5...Entered the NFL with Minnesota as an undrafted free agent and was waived at the end of training camp.
COLLEGE: A three-year starter and four-year letterman at Division II Hillsdale College…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...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.
PERSONAL: Attended James B. Conant High School in Hoffman Estates, Ill., starting one season at wide receiver…Helped lead the Cougars to a playoff berth…Participated in the London NFL Play 60 event in 2014…Father, Kevin Holmes, played college basketball for DePaul from 1982-86, helping the Blue Demons to four NCAA tournament appearances.