BGA: Receivers – Driving Holmes for Christmas

David Nelson continues to establish himself as a potential keeper, as his first career multiple-touchdown game helped spark the Jets to their 24-13 win. Nelson has pretty good chemistry with Geno Smith, who also hit him for two first downs, one of which saw Nelson drag his man to the marker. In addition to catching over 60% of his targets, Nelson has been good as a blocker and did have another good downfield block in this game.

By contrast, Smith and Santonio Holmes are still struggling to find (or re-establish?) any chemistry. Holmes has caught the ball on fewer than 40% of his targets and the amount of time he missed both in camp and during the regular season has got to be a factor in that. As noted earlier, Smith didn’t see Holmes when he beat Joe Haden deep down the sideline and there were four occasions when his throw to Holmes saw him get nailed as the ball arrived. Holmes only managed to hang onto one of these, as one was overthrown, one was a drop and one was broken up on a physical play by Haden. The two did connect nicely on a third down conversion, although Holmes had to dive to grab that one. I can’t fault Holmes’ effort though. Even when blocking he was working hard to the whistle, doing a good job downfield on two plays in particular. It’s got to be difficult for him to hide his frustration though.

Jeremy Kerley is a different story as he and Smith seem to have had great chemistry all year. Kerley had five catches for 70 yards (and another eight yards on a running play). He was targeted 11 times though. Kerley might have had a touchdown if he didn’t slip over on a short third down conversion in the red zone, but Smith did hit him in stride nicely a couple of times. They had success on a couple of slant routes, which is not something the receivers have seen much success with this season.

Kellen Winslow played 28 snaps – the most since his suspension earlier in the year. I’m not sure I understand the logic behind increasing his playing time at this stage of the season, so I wonder if this could be a sign that Rex Ryan has been given more freedom to maximize his chances of winning these last two. (Whether that’s with a chance to save his job or just an opportunity to polish up his resume for the next one remains to be seen.) On the other hand, maybe it’s just a case of burning rubber and using up all the fuel in a rental car that’s about to go back.

Winslow had three catches for 35 yards and showed some good open field moves, almost getting in the end zone in the second quarter after slipping the underrated TJ Ward’s tackle just before Nick Folk’s last second field goal. He was only targeted once in the second half, though. As a blocker, he allowed penetration on a run that was blown up and had a downfield hold to negate most of the yardage on Bilal Powell’s 31-yard screen play.

Jeff Cumberland has struggled recently as a blocker, but did a much better job yesterday. He had a couple of good kickout blocks and a good block on the edge, only letting his man get off his block to stuff a run once. He also had two first down catches.

Zach Sudfeld and Greg Salas got some playing time but were not targeted. Youngster Saalim Hakim was in for three plays, one of which saw him taken down for a big loss on an end-around.


Next up…the defensive line looks to be back to its disruptive best.




24 comments
NYCPEinGermany
NYCPEinGermany

"maybe it’s just a case of burning rubber and using up all the fuel in a rental car that’s about to go back."


If you don't fill up the tank before returning the rental car, they charge you double for the gas. Just sayin'

metjetnet
metjetnet

(miketaliaferro)

1) JK's slip again shows the rotten field. Guys have been sipping & sliding on that rotten turf all year.

2) SH's best, heady, most veteran play of the Year: Grabbing Rex & moving him away from the bubbling melee starting up after Rex went ballistic at the ref following Geno's late hit out of bounds.

Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

Who do I contact to complain about the horrendous Christmas puns?

bob
bob

I like Nelson Great hands catching everything good route runner. Kerley is awesome but has issues staying healthy all year. Holmes is due for a good year however I think we need too renegotiate his contract. I could care about his relationship with the media the guy is a baller. So he's got a difficult personality. who cares. In addition to all that we need to draft 1st round if he's there Sammy Watkins out of Clemson a talented Wide Reciever or a talented OLB if a good one falls there. and A TE in the 2nd round.. Bring back Goodson.  boo ya

a57se
a57se

The Browns were ready for that end around....they had like three guys in position to get Saalim!

Iain Bartholomew
Iain Bartholomew

I think most people would have trouble staying healthy with their elbow yanked from its socket.

__fense
__fense

@jake100 Unless one of the responses was "I'm not happy with my use in the offense," that he wasn't happy is 100% made up by the media. He always gives terse responses to reporters, because they are the same reporters who have been lying about him to try to get him kicked off the team for years. He hates them more than they hate him, and they hate him enough to publicly lie about things that he's said to make him look bad. 


Whenever Holmes doesn't give terse responses, they get taken out of context to make it sound like he said something he didn't, and now, when he's shortening his answers so that they can't maliciously cut down the quote, they claim that it's because of anything other than how terrible the media is.

Brendan
Brendan

@jake100 "What I am reading." 


ANd in case anyone was confused, Joey will link to what he's been reading incessantly all over the blog for the entire offseason. 

juunit
juunit

@a57se 

And then they ran the exact same play on us, and they got like 12 yards. 

Brendan
Brendan

@Iain Bartholomew Kerley was beat up last year, too. I'll admit, durability is a concern of mine, but hopefully it was just a freak injury and not indicative of a larger trend. 

bob
bob

@Brendan@bob


Thanks I change my mine on the o-line this year I think Winters will come around and there is guys we drafted last year that will be groomed to hold down the fort. maybe a guard in the 3rd or 4th round may not be a bad Idea or free agency.

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit I guess that's the difference between running it with an elite player and running it with some cast-off who can't do anything on a football field. 

Brendan
Brendan

@bob Glad I could help, and I think all of us have learned not to take this game too seriously thanks to you. Never change, Bob-o. 

bob
bob

@Brendan@bob

Me to I like the Carolina game I thought a few mistakes and we lost however. I did see us turning the corner. Also from reading and learning from guys like you  Brendan Bent ae57 brady, mike ect . I kinda got a better idea of football and how its played  Especially at the QB position and Defense.

Brendan
Brendan

@bob Well, he finally gave a reason to be optimistic yesterday. 

Brendan
Brendan

@juunit That would mean it was still an aggregate loss (the reverse & the fake), but yeah, I know what you're saying. 

Bent
Bent

@juunit @Brendan Marty didn't understand it either until I criticized him for it a few weeks ago.  Thank goodness he reads BGA.

juunit
juunit

@Brendan@juunit 

Well, it at least set up the fake end around later on which got us around 10 yards I believe (think we ran another that was less effective too.) It's a concept Schotty never understood. You can't run a fake play when you never run the actual play because then nobody believes you're faking it.