Cary Emondson-US PRESSWIRE
It's still tough to tell who Jason Garrett believes is the lead candidate to become the No. 3 receiver, and it's not likely Garrett will reveal such information until it's become obvious. Right now, though, it's hard not to think that 24-year-old undrafted Hillsdale product Andre Holmes has a slight edge on the competition.
Holmes wasn't perfect Monday night, but he had one of the Cowboys' top performances in a game that featured very few good ones.
Holmes had two especially good catches. It didn't matter that he was facing Oakland's second-teamers, because they were the kinds of plays that simply showed he can ball. He finished with three receptions and 40 yards, which led all Dallas receivers.
Asked who he felt had an edge in the competition to be the No. 3, Tony Romo mentioned three specific players, and Holmes' name was the second to come out of his mouth.
"I thought a few guys played well," said Romo (h/t The Dallas Morning News). "Kevin Ogletree, Andre Holmes they did a good job. Cole Beasley's come on lately."
Considering how big and athletic Holmes is, as well as how often Miles Austin plays the slot, Holmes is the ideal No. 3 receiver candidate. Let's see if he can keep it up going forward. If he can refine his route running, he might lock this thing up.