Jack Holmes | Blocking Fullback for the Saints

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Jack Holmes, New Orleans Saints Fullback 1978-1982
Saints Fullback Jack Holmes

Originally a 15th round pick of Houston in 1975 from Texas Southern Jack Holmes failed to make the Oilers final cut that year and found his way into the Canadian Football League in 1976 and played semi-pro ball with the Houston Titans in 1977. In 1978 the Saints brought him in for a look and while he was cut in the final roster cuts that year he was called back in week 5 and remained on the team as a special teams player and even did some kick returning in 1979. Over the next few seasons he was waived by New Orleans twice but managed both times to make his way back onto the team. During that dreadful season of 1980 he rushed for 2 touchdowns in the second loss to San Francisco and he threw a 23-yard score to Jimmy Rogers in the season finale against the Patriots. When Bum Phillips took over he was familiar with him from his tryout with the Oilers in 1975 and liked his attitude. Bum put him in the starting lineup and used him as the blocking back for George Rogers rookie 1981 season. That year he actually led the New Orleans Saints with 38 catches. He finished his 5 year career with 393 rushing yards, 71 catches, 453 receiving yards and a total of 5 touchdowns.

Jack Holmes Career Statistics with the New Orleans Saints

Rushing Statistics

Carries Yards Average Longest TDs
1978 2 4 2.0 4 0
1979 17 68 4.0 14 0
1980 38 119 3.1 20 2
1981 58 194 3.3 11 2
1982 2 8 4.0 5 0
Totals 117 393 3.4 20 4

 

Receiving Statistics

Catches Yards Average Longest TDs
1978 0 0 0 0 0
1979 3 19 6.3 13 0
1980 29 226 7.8 14t 1
1981 38† 206 5.4 19 0
1982 1 2 2.0 2 0
Totals 71 453 6.4 19 1

– Team Leader for the Year

 

Kick Returns

Carries Yards Average Longest TDs
1978 1 18 18.0 18 0
1979 8 120 15.0 20 0
Totals 9 138 15.3 20 0

 

Passing Statistics

Att Comp Yards Completion % Longest TDs
1980 3 1 23 33.3 23 1
1982 1 0 0 0.0 0 0
Totals 4 1 23 25.0 23 1

 

 

 

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