Posted: 2:28 pm Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Falcons right tackle Lamar Holmes is on the hot seat 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Atlanta Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson )

Atlanta Falcons tackle Lamar Holmes (76) runs onto the field before an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field in Detroit, Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson )

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons offensive line coach Mike Tice went out of his way to let us know that Lamar Holmes is penciled in as the starter at right tackle.

After last season, you have to figure that Holmes, who was taken in the third-round of the 2012 draft, is on a short leash.

Holmes needs improved him play dramatically.

Here’s want profootballfocus.com had to say about Holmes in a preview that was done before Baker went down for the season:

Holmes projects as the team’s swing tackle, but his poor play ranked him second worst in the NFL out of PFF’s 76 qualifying tackles. Draft bust Gabe Carimi was brought in as a backup interior lineman to compete with Konz and Harland Gunn for snaps should there be an injury. Regardless of who steps in, the Falcons are in a world of trouble if one of their backups is forced to see extended time in the starting lineup in 2014.

Holmes had one of the great plays last season. He showed some courage by going to tackle a defender after he was beaten on the play. That showed us some spunk!

The Falcons spent the offseason with protecting Matt Ryan as the No. 1 priority and that appears to be in jeopardy if Holmes is not much better.

Peter Konz played very poorly as the team’s starting center, earning himself an overall grade of -14.6. Joe Hawley subsequently replaced Konz in Week 11. Lamar Holmes was even worse. His 53 quarterback hurries were good for second most in the NFL behind Bears rookie tackle Jordan Mills, and earned a -33.4 grade at left tackle replacing the injured Sam Baker.

The other options behind Holmes include Ryan Schraeder, Gabe Carimi and Terren Jones.

Former NFL lineman Jamie Dukes, over at 92.9TheGame, was advocating that the Falcons make a trade with the Titans to land tackle Michael Oher, who’s in a battle with rookie Taylor Lewan to start. The Titans signed him in the offseason to a four-year, $20 million contract. A total of $9 million was guaranteed.

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23 comments
PhilipHarden
PhilipHarden

Holmes needs improved him play dramatically."


Greatest sentence ever.

StephenHuang
StephenHuang

This is a lazy analysis at best.  Lamar Holmes is our RT and not the LT whereby this article tells us how bad he was at LT.  If I recall correctly, he actually made a half decent RT and with another year, he should be at least average.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

I say we trade Lamar Holmes for Oher...........no brainer IF Oher is still a starting caliber OT.

WilliamCoit
WilliamCoit

I hate to be the voice of doom, but, I'm not renewing my season tickets after this year if we don't make the playoffs. I pay too much for tickets, parking, food, that it's not worth it anymore. I can play fantasy football on Sundays and watch my players instead. 


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doggoneit
doggoneit

D. Orlando Ledbetter: what would it cost us to land Michael Oher

ftputt
ftputt

He's an under dog.  Lets hope he can pull this out.  The Baker injury was a given.  

artifact
artifact

DLED, Can you tell me what this means?  "Holmes needs improved him play dramatically."  (3rd sentence above.)   I'd like to suggest that you have someone proof your copy before submission.  

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

 Holmes needs improved him play dramatically


Still did not fix your error. 

zuzu331
zuzu331

Oher deal makes sense. Lamar Holmes isnt up for it,guys.

tyger
tyger

Holmes eval spiked...don't drink...


http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-blog/2012/05/11/falcons-tackle-lamar-holmes-has-a-left-foot-injury/

http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2012/6/1/3055996/lamar-holmes-continues-to-miss-otas

http://espn.go.com/nfl/story/_/id/9755811/lamar-holmes-atlanta-falcons-admits-being-shape-vows-improve-conditioning


2012 drafted w injury didn't play...

2013 rookie season - played, sat, played...

2014 time to fish or cut bait...


In re. 2013 Holmes was early scapegoat...

Time revealed Konz as the true culprit...

Baker exits stage left on cue...Holmes improved...


Why Holmes drafted injured?  Go figure...

If upside is reason, then patience required...

2013 fiasco should be erased from all minds...

Everybody gets a mulligan...


Committ to Lamar Holmes...

Treat as a cornerstone: Holmes, Matthews...

This should've been lineup since draft...

(see time, money & football...)


Reps would compound interest by now...

DennisQ
DennisQ

Heard McClure on 680 this morning...didn't have high praise for Holmes.  Stated he has " a ways to go" and hinted he needs to step up efforts,

AnsweredTHIS
AnsweredTHIS

Not a bad idea with the Oher deal....question is does Oher have three years left in him? I say three because if you get two good years out of him..we good!  Dled...whats your opinion?  I have said that Holmes just might surprise this year...that is if he got TOUGH (heheheh catch word of the season) in the off-season.


TOUGH = Taking his soft self to the weight room

TOUGH = working on his footwork 

TOUGH = working on his handwork

TOUGH = Working on his lower body strength 

TOUGH = Working on his technique


Well DLed in your humble opinion...did he get tough during the summer?

DennisQ
DennisQ

Jamie Dukes has a solution for everybody. Like all of us fans, he'll never get fired for a bad decision either.  So not only stuck with Baker's dollars, suggesting we tack on $9 million more?  Unless TN is responsible for it.  

Rory_Bellows
Rory_Bellows

@Addy Beat me to it.

Lets see if he deletes your post after correcting his error......

doggoneit
doggoneit

@Rory_Bellows @Addy  The problem is that Ledbetter does not care about you the one least bit. Your not important enough to garner a response. I for one look past the wording and concentrate on the content. Maybe your little world would be happier if you did the same.