Offensive tackle Lamar Holmes of the Atlanta Falcons had a rough outing in their latest game against the Washington Redskins, as he was lined up against Brian Orakpo all day long. After starting the year off strong, the former third-round pick has tallied off in a big way, and his latest performance was not impressive at all, and he has two games remaining to show what he is capable off.
With two 15-yard penalties called on Holmes, which included clipping and holding, he also allowed Orakpo to sack Matt Ryan two times and hit him another two times. Overall, it was a bad day for Holmes as he continues to struggle since taking over the left tackle spot with starter Sam Baker out for the year with an injury.
Despite his recent struggles and lack of skill against some of the better pass-rushers, the Falcons’ coaching staff continues to express faith in Holmes. With only two games remaining in a very unexpected and disappointing year, he has two more chances to not only impress the organization, but he is also fighting to be in the running of being the future left tackle for the Falcons.
Holmes has been given ample opportunities to perform and showcase his talent. In certain games, he has looked great, as he was effective as both a run blocker and a pass blocker. With every one good game Holmes has, unfortunately, he has two or more bad games where he is just out-manned and outperformed by the opposing defensive players.
It will be up to Holmes to reward the trust the organization has put onto his shoulders, but time is running out and he will need to finish the season strong after failing to play well in consecutive weeks.
With one strike already, Holmes has two more shots. His future with the Falcons and the starting left tackle position will be his to lose. It’s game time or time to go home for Holmes, as the season is all but over.