News: Dallas wide receiver Andre Holmes began his quest to win the No. 3 receiver spot for the Cowboys this preseason with his opener Monday at Oakland. Holmes finished the game as the Cowboys' team leader in receptions and yards with three catches for 40 yards in the game. Holmes was targeted a team-high-tying five times as he played most of the middle part of the game.
Analysis: Holmes is vying with Kevin Ogletree -- one catch for 12 yards Monday -- and Cole Beasley -- no catches on one target -- for the No. 3 WR spot for Dallas. Holmes clearly took the lead with his preseason debut performance. That said, we doubt he'll make a huge impact in Fantasy this season; don't draft him right now.
News: After missing two straight practices, the trio of running back Felix Jones, wide receiver Andre Holmes and safety Brodney Pool have all passed their conditioning test, putting them one step closer to practice. Holmes was the early favorite to win the No. 3 job behind starters Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Now, he's behind the pack of Kevin Ogletree, Cole Beasley, Raymond Radway, Dwayne Harris and Tim Benford. I'm very disappointed with myself for getting here and not being ready, said Holmes, who apparently worked on more long-distance running that didn't have him in football shape. I've learned my lesson with that. Now I've got to just get out there and catch up. I'm behind but I just have to keep working and hopefully get back in the mix.
Analysis: Holmes will have to make some big plays rather soon if he's going to jump into the receiver race for the Cowboys. We doubt he'll make a huge impact in Fantasy this season; don't draft him right now.
News: The injury to rookie receiver Danny Coale, who is out until training camp with a broken left foot, opens the door for other young receivers to battle for the third receiver role and backup spots this spring and summer. And it's a wide-open race; Coale is expected to compete with Dwayne Harris, Andre Holmes, Raymond Radway and Kevin Ogletree for the spots.
Analysis: Remember, all of these players except Coale got leapfrogged in short order by Laurent Robinson last year, so expectations shouldn't be high. Harris had a tremendous preseason in 2011 but bounced off and on the Cowboys' roster last year. Ogletree was re-signed this offseason but has 25 catches in his three seasons, including 15 this past year for 164 yards. Holmes and Radway aren't expected to be fierce competitors for playing time and might just represent depth. Coale remains the most desirable receiver for that third spot, so hopefully he heals quickly.
News: The Cowboys promoted WR Andre Holmes to the active roster on Friday after placing RB Phillip Tanner (hamstring) on IR.
Analysis: Holmes will probably provide help on special teams for Dallas, but he is not expected to help in the passing game. Ignore him in Fantasy.