And then he made the night special.
The Coconut Grove High standout had a 44-yard touchdown reception – his lone catch – from Derek Carr in the second quarter in the Raiders’ 27-24 victory.
He celebrated with a dance that had many wondering what he was doing, with most speculation centering on Holton riding an imaginary dolphin.
What about it, Johnny?
“I had to do a dance for them. It’s just a dance,” he said. “I get a couple plays in, and when I come in the game, I just got to make the plays and make it count.”
Carr said he didn’t see Holton’s touchdown dance but knew it was for his family.
“Sunday night prime-time football, the story should be all about him, because that’s just a really cool thing,” Carr said. “We get caught up in the game a lot, but we’re people, too. And for him to come home in front of his family, his friends, his buddies and be able to score a touchdown on prime time, that’s a pretty cool story.”
Derek Carr’s numbers
Here is a look at what Carr did against the Miami Dolphins and for his career:
- Surpassed 300 yards passing for the third consecutive game, marking the first time doing so since 2015 season
- Completed 21 of 30 passes for 300 yards with one touchdown and one interception for a passer rating of 99.3
- Career has completed 1,231 of 2,002 for 13,148 yards and 94 touchdowns against 38 interceptions