Priest Holmes didn't have a mid-career slump. He was misused in Baltimore. I'm a Ravens fan so I know this. He tore it up in his first year with the Ravens. He had two games when he put up 173 and 227 rushing yards against the Bengals. Whenever he got a chance to play, he performed. Then in 1999, Brian Billick became the head coach and for whatever reason, Billick didn't like him and decided that Errict freaking Rhett was a better option to be the starting RB than Holmes. After finally realizing that Errict Rhett was useless, the Ravens drafted Jamal Lewis with the fifth overall pick. Holmes started the first few games in 2000 then Lewis had an impressive game against Miami, took over as the starter, and never looked back. Holmes was always a good running back. For whatever reason, the Ravens just never gave him much of an opportunity after his first year even though he performed pretty well with zero offensive talent around him at the time. The way the Ravens used Holmes still puzzles me to this day but it ended up working out well for the Ravens because Jamal Lewis was an outstanding RB for a number of years and played a major role in the Ravens winning the Super Bowl. Still, I wish the Ravens would have given Priest more of a chance to shine. They definitely made a mistake on that one.
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