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New England Patriots sign Andre Holmes to practice squad

The New England Patriots now have a full practice squad of eight members after signing wide receiver Andre Holmes to the p-squad today. The 6’4″, 223 pound wide receiver appeared in seven games for the Dallas Cowboys this season and has potential mainly due to his large frame. Holmes barely received any playing time, but he did make an impact on special teams and managed to haul in two passes for 11 yards.

Holmes was a UDFA last season and was promptly scooped up by the Minnesota Vikings after spending his college career at a very small school. He has spent most of his career with the Dallas Cowboys after spending some time on the practice squad in Dallas in 2011, but the only year in which he accumulated statistics was this season.

The more likely reason why the Patriots signed Holmes is as a scout team player to mimic Houston Texans superstar wide receiver Andre Johnson. Aqib Talib held him in check last time out before being injured, and then rookie Alfonzo Dennard came in and picked up where he left off. Both players are returning to health after the bye week, and the added practice of having another big receiver to play against in Holmes will also help. And hey, they also share the same name.

But I have a feeling Holmes is also a potential project for the Patriots and the sole reason isn’t to bring in a scout team player, because fellow 2011 unheralded rookie receiver Kamar Aiken is one the 53-man roster after a stint with the p-squad and is another target with plenty of size who could mimic Johnson. We’ll see how things shake out with Holmes in the future, as the eighth spot in the practice squad is quite flexible.

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