Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes has worked out for Raiders, Cardinals, Dolphins, visited Raiders

Purdue tight end Gabe Holmes has visited and worked out for the Oakland Raiders, visited the Arizona Cardinals and participates in the Miami Dolphins' local prospect day Friday. Holmes caught 17 passes for 178 yards and two touchdowns last season. The 6-foot-5, 258-pounder finished his career with 63 receptions for 552 yards and five touchdowns. "Playing in two different offenses, I lined up a lot in the slot as a standup tight end," Holmes said. "I have strengths lining up in the slot and creating separation. I played in a pro-style offense, lining up tight or in the wing or in the slot. I feel like I can make plays." Holmes played in the College Gridiron Showcase all-star game. Holmes got offered scholarships to Miami and Florida State out of high school. He’s the son of an Olympic long jumper. Holmes played basketball growing up, not playing football until his sophomore year of high school. Holmes caught nine passes for 69 yards as a junior, dealing with a wrist injury. As a sophomore, he caught 25 passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns. Holmes ran the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds at his Pro Day workout. "It's going real well," Holmes said in a telephone interview. "I'm getting some calls and interest. Everybody that I've talked to seems to like me and what I bring to the table. I haven't scratched my ceiling yet. They like my upside. Holmes grew up playing basketball and didn't play football until his junior year at St. Thomas Aquinas. "We were a powerhouse," Holmes said. "My high school coach asked me to play and I ended up playing. I thought the hardwood was for me, but I liked football and have been playing it ever since. My love for the game has been adding up. I barely watch basketball anymore." The Raiders visit went well, according to Holmes, as he met with Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie. "It was a good trip," said Holmes, who graduated in December. "We just broke down some of my film and offenses and defenses. They told me they liked me as a person and as a player." Holmes said he's been working hard on his blocking techniques. "I've definitely gotten a lot better from my freshman year to now," Holmes said. "My blocking is pretty solid. I can definitely work on some aspects of it. I'm figuring out ways to be a better blocker and block better at the point of attack. My favorite route is probably my option route. I ran that route a lot in the offense." Follow me on Twitter: @RavensInsider Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun
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Aaron Wilson covers the NFL for National Football Post, his second stint at the Post. He has previously written for Pro Football Talk and FOX Sports-Scout. Entering his 13th year covering the Baltimore Ravens, he's a beat writer for The Baltimore Sun. Wilson has also covered the Jacksonville Jaguars and Tennessee Titans.

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