Play of the day: Hail Mary to Andre Holmes

OXNARD, Calif. – The Cowboys' final practice before their preseason opener ended on a high point.

Andre Holmes went up in a crowd to come down with a Hail Mary from Kyle Orton on the final play of Saturday’s practice.

It capped a third consecutive strong day for Holmes, who is rebounding strong after flunking the conditioning test and struggling in his early practices. He made several contested catches Saturday.

For Holmes to play a significant role, he has to use his 6-foot-4, 223-pound frame to his advantage. The Hail Mary was a perfect example of that kind of play. Holmes looked like a power forward going up for a rebound, catching the ball at the top of his leap with both hands and holding on as several hands hacked away on his way down.