NFL Free Agency: Detroit Lions To Host Andre Holmes
By Tony Fischer
Bob Quinn and the Detroit Lions are continuing their focus on the offensive side of the ball during free agency. According to NFL Insider Ian Raoport, the Lions will host Raider’s free agent wide receiver Andre Holmes on Sunday.
Holmes was a the third or fourth option for the Raiders in 2016, catching only 14 of 25 targets for 126 yards. However, despite struggling with drops, Holmes has a noise for the big play. He boasts a career yards per reception of 14.3 yards including 3 touchdowns during last years campaign.
Just because the Lions are looking at free agent wide-outs doesn’t mean they have lost interest in re-signing some of their own. Anquan Boldin, who was clutch for the Lions during the in streak, is still on the radar.
Plenty of Options Available
After many of the big name receivers found homes shortly after free agency started on Tuesday but the market is still flush with those who fit the mold of a 3rd option. Former Titan Kendall Wright, former Bill Marcus Easley and former Cardinal Micheal Floyd are all speedy slot options who could help the Lions in 2017.
What the Lions need more than anything is a wide-out with speed that can stretch the field and create space in the middle. There are plenty of speedy pass catchers that emerged after combine and the Lions could fill the need via the draft.
Still In Play
The Lions are still in play for a couple of big named free agents. Packer guard T.J. Lang made a stop in Detroit on his way to Seattle and the Lions are still rumored to be in the mix for Adrian Peterson who has yet to make a visit to the motor city.
So what do you think? Are the Lions off to a good start in free agency? What position group would you like the team to focus on next? Sound off in the comments below!