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Atlanta drops former starting offensive tackle Lamar Holmes

The Falcons have finally cut ties with offensive lineman Lamar Holmes.

He was a reach as a draft pick, a project as a player. And now the Lamar Holmes experiment has come to an end.

Adam Caplan reported Saturday the Falcons have waived Holmes off the injury reserve/PUP list with an injury settlement. Holmes broke his foot in June and was never able to compete for a job to impress the new coaching staff.

Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff reached when he selected Holmes in the third round of the 2012 draft. He was a raw, unfinished product and was never able to fully develop into a dependable player. Holmes started four games last season before being placed on injured reserve with a knee injury. Holmes started 15 games in 2013 at offensive tackle.

The Falcons' new coaching staff believed more in Ryan Schraeder's potential to learn the zone blocking scheme, and even with rumors they may move Holmes to guard the Falcons brought in veterans Chris Chester and Andy Levitre.

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