Gabe Holmes

Patriots Work Out Three TEs

It sounds like the Patriots are still searching for a solution at tight end. Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle tweets that the team worked out three tight ends yesterday: Gabe Holmes, Ben Koyack and Eric Tomlinson.

Koyack, a former seventh-rounder out of Notre Dame, spent the first four seasons of his career with the Jaguars, where he appeared in 37 total games. The tight end hauled in 24 receptions for 199 yards and one touchdown during his stint in Jacksonville. He was released by the Jags at the end of the preseason. Tomlinson also has NFL experience, compiling 16 career receptions for 193 yards and one touchdown in 39 career games. Back in September, the Giants claimed the 27-year-old off waivers from the Jets, but he was waived after going catchless in three games with his new squad.

Holmes, a 2015 undrafted free agent out of Purdue, has appeared in 10 games (four starts) without hauling in a catch.

The Patriots have gone through a number of tight ends as they’ve looked to replace Rob Gronkowski‘s spot in the lineup. Ben Watson is set to return in Week 5, and both Matt LaCosse and Ryan Izzo are currently dealing with injuries. The Patriots could be looking to add some necessary depth for tomorrow’s matchup against the Bills.

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NFL Workout Updates: 9/17/19

Here are Tuesday’s updates from the workout circuit, all links going to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer’s Twitter unless otherwise noted.

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Dallas Cowboys

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Indianapolis Colts

  • T Gerhard deBeer, Christian DiLauro, Brandon Hitner, C James Murray (link)

New Orleans Saints

New York Jets

Oakland Raiders

San Francisco 49ers

Seattle Seahawks

Washington Redskins

Colts Reach Roster Max

The Colts reached the 53-man limit on Saturday by cutting a number of players, including running back Charcandrick West. West, who has been toggled on and off of the Chiefs’ roster in recent years, hooked on with the Colts less than two weeks ago. Despite the season-ending injury suffered by D’Onta Foreman, he wasn’t able to make the final cut.

Also among the cuts – J’Marcus Webb, one of the club’s Week 1 starting tackles in 2018. Webb’s season was mostly lost to injury, and he’ll have to hook on elsewhere for 2019.

Here’s the rest of the Colts’ moves:

Waived:

– S Micah Abernathy
– T Jackson Barton
– CB Jalen Collins
– WR Ashton Dulin
– G Jake Eldrenkam
– T Antonio Garcia
– DE Gerri Green
– DE Obum Gwacha
– K Cole Hedlund
– WR Krishawn Hogan
– CB Isaiah Langley
– WR Roger Lewis
– LB Skai Moore
– C Daniel Munyer
– DE Carroll Phillips
– DT Johnny Robinson
– DT Sterling Shippy
– G Nate Theaker
– S Jacob Thieneman
– WR Jordan Veasy
– QB Phillip Walker
– RB Aca’Cedric Ware
– RB Marquis Young

Waived/Injured:

– WR Penny Hart
– S Isaiah Johnson
– WR Marcus Johnson
– S Kai Nacu
– CB Shakial Taylor
– LB Ahmad Thomas

Released:

– TE Gabe Holmes
– DT Caraun Reid
– TE Ross Travis

Colts Sign TE Gabe Holmes To Futures Deal

Gabe Holmes has landed on a new team. The Colts announced that they’ve signed the tight end to a reserve/futures contract.

The 27-year-old has bounced around the NFL a bit since going undrafted out of Purdue in 2015. The 6-foot-5 Holmes has had stints with the Raiders, Seahawks, Ravens, and Cardinals. He’s appeared in 10 games during three-year career, including eight this season with Arizona. He finished the season with a single special-teams tackle.

Considering his size, Holmes has always profiled as more of a blocking tight end, although he did haul in five touchdowns during his collegiate career. Holmes could end up being an option to replace impending free agent tight end Ryan Hewitt, who appeared in 12 games (two starts) this season but only hauled in a single catch (which also happened to be a touchdown).

Colts tight end Ross Travis is set to be a restricted free agent. The team still has tight ends Eric Ebron, Jack Doyle, and Mo Alie-Cox under contract for next season.

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Extra Points: Eric Reid, Browns, Coaches, Seahawks, Workouts

We have a new update on the Eric Reid situation. The Panthers safety has been griping for a while now about the NFL targeting him with incessant drug tests in retaliation for his collusion suit against the league, and the league and NFLPA issued a statement a few days ago saying there was no evidence to support his claims. Reid isn’t dropping the issue however, and his lawyers are rejecting the contents of the letter released by the league, according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.

“They claim that some of the dates the NFL used in its report are incorrect”, and “want access to all evidence, records, electronic messages and information sources used to determine the findings within the report”, La Canfora writes. It’s unclear what his potential next step is, but this probably isn’t the last we’ll hear of it. We also heard a few weeks ago that the Panthers were interested in bringing Reid back in 2019 and had already reached out to his agent about a new deal.

Here’s more from around the league:

  • Freddie Kitchens’ inaugural staff in Cleveland is getting a new member. The Browns are hiring former Jets running backs coach Stump Mitchell, according to Josina Anderson of ESPN (Twitter link). While Anderson writes that “his official title has yet to be finalized”, she does note that he’ll coach the running backs. Mitchell is a longtime running backs coach in the league, who has also spent some time as the head coach of Morgan State and Southern University. Mitchell and Kitchens worked together on Bruce Arians’ staff in Arizona, so the move makes a lot of sense.
  • While the Raiders’ coaching staff isn’t undergoing any major changes for Jon Gruden’s second season, at least one assistant won’t be back in 2019. Assistant defensive line coach Marco Coleman is leaving the team to take a job at Georgia Tech, his alma mater, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review Journal (Twitter link). Gruden’s first season was a disappointment, but there was no big shakeup in response.
  • Before signing kicker Sam Ficken yesterday, the Seahawks worked out a few other kickers. The team brought in Caleb Sturgis, Younghoe Koo, and Lirim Hajrullahua for workouts, according to veteran NFL reporter Howard Balzer (Twitter link). Koo was the Chargers’ kicker to open the 2017 season but was cut after a handful of games, while Sturgis was the Chargers’ kicker the first half of this season before being cut in favor of Michael Badgley. Hajrullahua has been in the CFL the last five years. Seattle’s interest in kickers suggests Sebastian Janikowski, who is a free agent this offseason, won’t be returning in 2019.
  • Speaking of workouts, the Colts brought in tight end Gabe Holmes for a tryout, Balzer tweets. Holmes was signed as an UDFA by the Raiders back in 2015, and has bounced around some bottom of the rosters and practice squads ever since. The Purdue product has spent time with the Raiders, Seahawks, Ravens, and Cardinals. Holmes appeared in eight games with Arizona this year, but was used mostly as a blocker and never caught a pass.

NFL Practice Squad Updates: 10/31/18

Here are the practice squad decisions teams have made on Halloween:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Cleveland Browns

Detroit Lions

Green Bay Packers

Los Angeles Chargers

Minnesota Vikings

Seattle Seahawks

Minor NFL Transactions: 10/30/18

Here are Tuesday’s minor moves:

Arizona Cardinals

Atlanta Falcons

Baltimore Ravens

Buffalo Bills

Los Angeles Chargers

Los Angeles Rams

New York Giants

Oakland Raiders

Philadelphia Eagles

San Francisco 49ers

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Washington Redskins

Cardinals Promote TE Gabe Holmes

With their starting tight end ailing, the Cardinals have added some reinforcement at the position. According to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport (via Twitter), the team has promoted tight end Gabe Holmes from the practice squad. To make room on the roster, the Cardinals waived running back Bronson Hill.

Gabe HolmesJermaine Gresham has been battling an illness throughout the week, and it was reported earlier today that he’d miss this weekend’s game against the Redskins. As a result, the team added some Holmes for some extra security at the position. The 26-year-old has bounced around the league since going undrafted out of Purdue in 2015. He previously had stints with the Raiders, Seahawks and Ravens, and he’s been on Arizona’s practice squad since the end of November. He’ll slot in behind Ricky Seals-Jones and Troy Niklas on the depth chart.

Hill has spent time with eight different organizations since entering the league as an undrafted rookie out of Eastern Michigan in 2015. He played in three games for the Jaguars in 2016, compiling 11 yards on a pair of carries. The Cardinals will now be rostering three running backs in Kerwynn Williams, D.J. Foster, and Elijhaa Penny.

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NFL Practice Squad Updates: 11/30/17

Here are today’s practice squad moves.

Arizona Cardinals

Green Bay Packers

  • Signed: CB Raysean Pringle

NFL Workout Updates: 11/27/17

Here are today’s NFL workouts, with all credit going to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM unless otherwise noted.

Detroit Lions

New England Patriots

  • DT Marcus Hardison (Mike Reiss of ESPN.com) (Twitter link)

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

  • QB Matt Simms; TE’s Gabe HolmesJevoni Robinson (Twitter link)