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Valentine Holmes continues his NFL journey as the New York Jets take on the New Orleans Saints at the MetLife Stadium in New York. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 9:30am (AEST).
While no one questions the athletic ability and professionalism of Valentine Holmes, a successful journey into the final 53-man roster at the New York Jets was never going to be easy.
The Jets have played two pre-season trials to this point, with one win and a loss and Holmes has had limited opportunities to impress.
With a handful of carries and playing as what appears to be the coach’s fifth string running back, the Queenslander has failed to crack double figures in total running metres in each of his appearances thus far.
A few pass receptions have come his way when shifted a little wider in attack, yet his NFL dreams appear on the cusp of extinction.
Playing just a handful of minutes late in the game against Atlanta last weekend, Holmes will once again struggle to make an impact should he live the same fate in this clash with one of the early favourites for the Superbowl.
The Saints are also 1-1 after two trials, yet the third week is traditionally where the big guns are released as the coaches fine tune preparations for the September 8 kick-off.
For Holmes’ sake, let’s hope he gets a chance to shine today and finds some open field opportunites.
The Jets are a rebuilding team and the Saints look to be one of the potential powerhouses after going so close last season.
The visitors should be too strong in this trial, depending on the level of experimentation they apply and Holmes will need a little time and luck if he is to be able to show America that he is indeed worthy of a chance in the NFL.
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Where: MetLife Stadium, New York
When: Sunday 25th August 2019, 9:30am (AEST)