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Monday, 12 August 2019

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Valentine Holmes continues to develop buzz in NFL pre-season, with a teammate making an extraordinary comparison about the former NRL star.

Currently in training camp with the New York Jets, Holmes is set to feature in an upcoming episode of the team's training camp documentary 'One Jets Drive', speaking about his journey form rugby league to American football.

On the same day Holmes caught another touchdown in practice from fourth-string quarterback Luke Falk, the Jets released a trailer of episode five of the training camp video series.

In the teaser, Holmes' competition at running back, former Green Bay Packer and new Jets recruit Ty Montgomery described his teammate as "the LeBron James of rugby".

The grab might be cringeworthy for Aussie rugby league fans and NFL fans alike, but it was an interesting indication of how Holmes has been embraced by his teammates - even if they're competing for places in the 53-man roster.

Unfortunately there isn't yet available footage of Holmes' touchdown at practice on Monday with the Jets - his second known touchdown of camp - but it is positive that he continues to get endzone looks and make the most of them in front of his coaches.

Jets beat writer Dennis Waszak Jr said Holmes was one of the "standouts" in their 13th practice in camp.

https://twitter.com/DWAZ73/status/1160951075396038657https://twitter.com/DWAZ73/status/1160917247407349762https://twitter.com/GangGreenNation/status/1160916619255865344

The Aussie's route to making the 53-man roster remains extremely difficult, but considering the little amount of game-time he's had, and lack of all-round experience in the game of American football, how he's been able to develop so quickly and produce when called upon in pre-season is promising. Whether or not he has shown enough in such a short time in the game to demand a spot in the 53, remains the big question.

Montgomery is one of the top running backs on the depth chart at the Jets, as well as former Steeler Le'Veon Bell. Montgomery did suffer a setback on Monday's practice, limping off with an apparent groin complaint.

Holmes finally made his NFL debut with the Jets in a pre-season 31-22 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium last week.

The former Cronulla Sharks fullback had a total of 13 snaps at running back. He had three rushes for a total of six yards and three receptions for a total of 30 yards.

"It's surreal, you get goosebumps being in a game like this," Holmes said after the defeat.

"We always watch games like this on TV, so to be able to experience it next to these guys and to be able to step out on the field and play is something special.

"I'm really happy I'm here. I wasn't nervous or anything. I was just real excited."

Despite a slow start on his first touches, with some hand-off rushes for minimal gain, in his fourth-quarter highlights Holmes did show off his speed, agility, some clean hands, and pretty smooth footwork at running back. He didn't field punt returns as many expected, instead sticking to garbage time work in the backfield with Falk under centre.

"I had a lot of time to watch it and see what was going on with the blitzes and stuff and picking it up so by the time I got on I was pretty comfortable," he said.

Holmes didn't make any major mistakes in his time on the field, however his blocking was far from the level the NFL will demand.

All in all, the pretty much error-free outing in his first game of American football was definitely a plus for Holmes.

But with all the interest from Australia, it can be easy to get carried away. His debut was a solid appearance, certainly impressive, but big claims like "Holmes ran wild" perhaps were a stretch.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1160944220087054336

While some NRL fans back home might be skeptical of his NFL future and continue to speculate about a return to rugby league, it appears that Jets fans are rather excited by their new Aussie Jet, joining punter Lachlan Edwards as the two form Down Under in the locker room

One of the Jets' fan-run social media accounts NYJ Media asked the question to its followers about whether Holmes should make the cut.

And if this is any sign of how he might be received by the Jets faithful, the answer was encouragingly an overwhelming, 'yes'.

https://twitter.com/NYJets_Media/status/1160962429230178304

Valentine Holmes continues to develop buzz in NFL pre-season, with a teammate making an extraordinary comparison about the former NRL star.

Currently in training camp with the New York Jets, Holmes is set to feature in an upcoming episode of the team's training camp documentary 'One Jets Drive', speaking about his journey form rugby league to American football.

On the same day Holmes caught another touchdown in practice from fourth-string quarterback Luke Falk, the Jets released a trailer of episode five of the training camp video series.

In the teaser, Holmes' competition at running back, former Green Bay Packer and new Jets recruit Ty Montgomery described his teammate as "the LeBron James of rugby".

The grab might be cringeworthy for Aussie rugby league fans and NFL fans alike, but it was an interesting indication of how Holmes has been embraced by his teammates - even if they're competing for places in the 53-man roster.

Unfortunately there isn't yet available footage of Holmes' touchdown at practice on Monday with the Jets - his second known touchdown of camp - but it is positive that he continues to get endzone looks and make the most of them in front of his coaches.

Jets beat writer Dennis Waszak Jr said Holmes was one of the "standouts" in their 13th practice in camp.

https://twitter.com/DWAZ73/status/1160951075396038657https://twitter.com/DWAZ73/status/1160917247407349762https://twitter.com/GangGreenNation/status/1160916619255865344

The Aussie's route to making the 53-man roster remains extremely difficult, but considering the little amount of game-time he's had, and lack of all-round experience in the game of American football, how he's been able to develop so quickly and produce when called upon in pre-season is promising. Whether or not he has shown enough in such a short time in the game to demand a spot in the 53, remains the big question.

Montgomery is one of the top running backs on the depth chart at the Jets, as well as former Steeler Le'Veon Bell. Montgomery did suffer a setback on Monday's practice, limping off with an apparent groin complaint.

Holmes finally made his NFL debut with the Jets in a pre-season 31-22 loss to the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium last week.

The former Cronulla Sharks fullback had a total of 13 snaps at running back. He had three rushes for a total of six yards and three receptions for a total of 30 yards.

"It's surreal, you get goosebumps being in a game like this," Holmes said after the defeat.

"We always watch games like this on TV, so to be able to experience it next to these guys and to be able to step out on the field and play is something special.

"I'm really happy I'm here. I wasn't nervous or anything. I was just real excited."

Despite a slow start on his first touches, with some hand-off rushes for minimal gain, in his fourth-quarter highlights Holmes did show off his speed, agility, some clean hands, and pretty smooth footwork at running back. He didn't field punt returns as many expected, instead sticking to garbage time work in the backfield with Falk under centre.

"I had a lot of time to watch it and see what was going on with the blitzes and stuff and picking it up so by the time I got on I was pretty comfortable," he said.

Holmes didn't make any major mistakes in his time on the field, however his blocking was far from the level the NFL will demand.

All in all, the pretty much error-free outing in his first game of American football was definitely a plus for Holmes.

But with all the interest from Australia, it can be easy to get carried away. His debut was a solid appearance, certainly impressive, but big claims like "Holmes ran wild" perhaps were a stretch.

https://twitter.com/NFL/status/1160944220087054336

While some NRL fans back home might be skeptical of his NFL future and continue to speculate about a return to rugby league, it appears that Jets fans are rather excited by their new Aussie Jet, joining punter Lachlan Edwards as the two form Down Under in the locker room

One of the Jets' fan-run social media accounts NYJ Media asked the question to its followers about whether Holmes should make the cut.

And if this is any sign of how he might be received by the Jets faithful, the answer was encouragingly an overwhelming, 'yes'.

https://twitter.com/NYJets_Media/status/1160962429230178304 https://ift.tt/2TuaLvV
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