Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said that was the Andre Holmes the Cowboys thought they had two years ago.
“That was the practice-squad Andre we were counting on the following year,” he said. “We’ve seen him do that and have seen it a lot and a matter of fact, Tony as the quarterback, was talking about, ‘Man, we’ve got a receiver who is just outstanding, and he’s probably going to be one who can help us.’ But when we got him out there and got him in the group, we didn’t see that. I guess we were just a little impatient, but he sure could get it.”
Holmes caught seven passes for 136 yards after coming into the game with three catches for 56 yards. His former teammates were impressed.
“He balled out today,” Dez Bryant said. “He did do his thing today. I was like, ‘Look at Andre!’ ”
Jason Garret said the Cowboys respected Holmes.
“We liked Andre,” he said. “He is a big, strong guy and can make those kinds of plays. He has good length, and he has good ball skills, so we certainly have a healthy respect for him because we know him pretty well.”
Jones said he was confident Brandon Carr would finally make a play against Holmes, although it took a while.
“I just knew what happened was going to happen, that Carr was going to get up there and start catching some of those punts, too,” Jones said with a smile. “No, not really. Seriously, I got tongue in cheek. A lot of accuracy, a lot of quick release out of that kid, and frankly a lot of moxie to stay in there and throw. He gave us all we could handle.”
-- Carlos Mendez