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Lamar Holmes to Lions: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

Atlanta Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) readies to block against the New Orleans Saints during an NFL game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014. (Jeff Haynes/AP Images for Panini)
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Joe PantornoFeatured ColumnistFebruary 12, 2016

On Friday, the Detroit Lions signed offensive lineman Lamar Holmes, per Kyle Meinke of MLive Media Group, citing the team.   

Holmes spent 2015 on injured reserve before being released by the Atlanta Falcons in December. He spent a total of four seasons with the team, playing in three of them. 

Holmes was placed on injured reserve after breaking his foot in June, which was hardly the comeback the Falcons wanted after the offensive lineman missed 12 games in 2014 due to a broken toe. 

Regardless of his health, though, Holmes didn't look like a good fit for the Falcons, as's Vaughn McClure pointed out: "Although he lost weight upon returning after the offseason, he doesn't appear to be a good fit in offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's outside-zone blocking scheme that relies on athletic linemen."

Holmes is listed at 320 pounds on Pro-Football-Reference, and with that size, he would be better suited to stay on the inside of the trenches as much as possible.

The Lions are in need of some help on their offensive line after a 7-9 season, in which they missed the playoffs for the 14th time in 16 years. Quarterback Matthew Stafford was sacked 44 times last season, while the rushing attack ranked last in the league with 83.4 yards per game. 

Taking an early look toward next year, Stafford could be without the best wide receiver in franchise history, as Calvin Johnson is mulling retirement, and have a backfield headed by a young Ameer Abdullah. 

With inexperience in the backfield and a possible downgrade in outside weapons, Stafford and the skill players of the Lions' offense will need more time to make plays. Holmes might not be the solution, but he does provide the Lions with another option in protection moving forward. 


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