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T Lamar Holmes likely saved by PUP list, but is no lock to return to Falcons

That broken foot may have been the luckiest thing to happen to Lamar Holmes.

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The Atlanta Falcons made their first cuts, and Lamar Holmes was sent to the safety of the PUP list. Where does he fit going forward?

Many expected Holmes to be cut in 2014. However, he was likely kept entirely for depth purposes thanks to Sam Baker's injury. 2015 looks to be pretty much the same situation: no Baker, and no decent additions to the tackle spot.

The new coaching staff brought a new offensive blocking scheme that appeared to be a questionable fit for Konz. Surprisingly, Holmes managed to drop necessary weight, but he really needed to put it all together to win a roster spot.

Instead, he broke his foot.

The Falcoholic's credentialed media reporter, Jeanna Thomas, had plenty this to say about what she has seen from Holmes.

Holmes took the coaching staff's directive to slim down very seriously. It's hard to say if he was a good fit for the scheme, as he had so little time to work in it prior to breaking his foot. He wasn't a lock to make the roster by any means.

Holmes is moving from the pre-season PUP list to the regular-season PUP list, which will prevent him from playing in the first six games of the season. He will not count against the team's roster limit, and will give the new coaching staff over a month of games to evaluate the offensive line and waiver wire before making a final decision.

The team's current depth is frightening, both at tackle and across the entire offensive line. Unless the team adds one or two veterans during roster cut downs, they will likely be forced to activate Holmes off of the PUP list in week 6. With Atlanta's top to backup tackles being Tyler Polumbus and Jake Rodgers, Holmes should again secure a roster spot.