While there has been some rumors about whether or not Santonio Holmes is pushing himself as much as he should to get back on the field in what is essentially a contract season for the veteran receiver, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport, who was in Cortland yesterday, reported on NFL Total Access last night that the Jets are “pretty pleased” with Holmes’ recovery and his work to get back into game shape.
Rapoport also shared that despite popular reports, the Jets are not convinced that they will need to start Holmes on the PUP list. “I’m told specifically that the organization has not ruled out that Holmes starts the season with the team,” Rap said on NFL Network, “possibly Week One or maybe even Week Two.”
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comIt is anyone’s guess at this point when Holmes will see the field, but it would not surprise me if he suddenly jumps forward in his recovery once we get close to the season. Holmes told reporters yesterday that he’s not able to run, but by that we have to interpret that he meant that he can’t run routes at full speed.
I have no specific knowledge on the matter with Holmes, but most veterans aren’t overly fond of training camp. Tie in that Holmes is working back off a very serious injury and one can easily understand why the timetable has been slow. So taking those guesses and connecting that with the news that the Jets seem optimistic of his return shortly after the season gets underway and the pieces start to fall into place.
During the report, Rapoport made the statement that “what is clear .. [is how] incredibly important Santonio Holmes is to this team.” No one would doubt that the team would be more productive with Holmes than not, but is it enough to make a difference?
Last year, Sparano’s offense proved that there was little productivity difference between Kerley and Holmes. I don’t know if that’s an indictment on Holmes as much as it is of Sparano, but I do think that the emergence of Jeremy Kerley might have dampened the enthusiasm around Holmes’ return.
Considering that Mornhinweg is showing a proclivity to get his receivers open, a healthy Holmes could become a productive difference in the passing game. That said, I do think that Mornhinweg’s offense will allow all of the team’s receivers to thrive, whether or not Santonio is able to go Week One. Where last year the house of cards came down quickly, this year’s offensive coordinator will be able to work with a better overall group of receivers come what may.