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Bills newcomer comparison profile: Wide receiver Andre Holmes

Before the season, we took a look at some free agents the Buffalo Bills added in the offseason.

Instead of simply reviewing these players' past performances while on different teams, we examined their athleticism. Typically, you can get an idea of how well someone will play based on athletic ability.

Andre Holmes caught a touchdown pass in Week One, so let's look at him in a bit more detail by finding a relatively well-known, comparable athletic player.

Bills wide receiver Andre Holmes (Browns wide receiver Kenny Britt)

Athletic profiles

  • Height: 6-foot-4 (6-foot-3)
  • Weight: 210 (218)
  • Arm length: 34" (34")
  • Hand size: 8 5/8" (9")
  • 40-yard dash: 4.51 (4.49)
  • Vertical: 35 (37")
  • Broad: 130" (124")
  • Three-cone: 6.69 (n/a)

Takeaway

Both Holmes and Britt have small hands relative to their height, but it hasn't been a huge hindrance to their ability to reel in the football. Per SportingCharts.com, Holmes had three drops in his last 58 targets entering this season (5.1% drop rate, which isn't great, but not terrible), and Britt had dropped six passes out of his last 183 targets since the start of 2015 (3.2% drop rate). These receivers essentially have the same athletic ability with a slight edge going to Britt in the speed and vertical-leap departments.

Per MockDraftable.com, Holmes' broad jump of 130 inches is in the 93rd percentile among combine-participating wide receivers since 1999, and his three-cone time of 6.69 is in the 87th percentile of that drill with the same criteria.

Comparative statistic

Inside 10-yard-line-targets / touchdowns, per ProFootballReference.com:

2015

  • Holmes: 2 targets / 2 TDs
  • Britt: 1 target / 0 TDs

2016

  • Holmes: 6 targets / 3 TDs
  • Britt: 7 targets / 3 TDs

Total

  • Holmes: 8 targets / 5 TDs
  • Britt: 8 targets / 3 TDs

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