Andre Holmes is batting .272 this season.
The Buffalo Bills' lanky wide receiver has 11 catches in 2017, three of which have gone for touchdowns. One of those came Sunday in the Buffalo Bills' 34-14 win over Oakland. Holmes had three catches for 51 yards, including a 6-yard touchdown in the second quarter against his old team in helping the Bills improve to 5-2.
"I had it on my calendar when the schedule came out," said Holmes, who was with the Raiders from 2013-16. "I was really excited to compete against my old teammates and team."
Holmes' three catches and 51 receiving yards are both season highs with the Bills. He had a 36-yard reception in the third quarter on the touchdown drive that put the Bills up, 27-7.
"He didn't say it, but I've been in that situation – a number of guys have been in that situation in this league – you could just get the feel for it," quarterback Tyrod Taylor said. "You could see it in his eyes in pregame. Of course he wants to go out and show those coaches and also the players he played with last year and in previous years that he can come out here and continue to keep competing.
"This team has a bunch of free agents and a bunch of people that wasn't necessarily drafted by this organization, so in a big sense it's kind of a team built around guys that maybe have been turned down by other organizations. He had an opportunity to prove that organization wrong, and he did it."
Holmes' touchdown catch came after Taylor extended the play and found him in the back-left corner.
"We've gotten a lot of work in on that in the games. We're used to, when he has to make a play out of the pocket, we're used to finding a way," Holmes said. "You learn that real early on, where the spots are that you need to be when the quarterback comes out of pocket. We executed it well today."