Buzz: Tone readying for early season return?

Is there progress in Santonio-land? According to the Daily News, Tone “appeared sharp” while running routes prior to Saturday’s preseason game.

Just a week ago, Holmes said he “can’t run”, which we think was interpreted wrongly. Holmes meant he couldn’t run full speed not that he was wholly incapable. Now he’s taking reps at three-quarters speed, which is a good sign but one we expected from a veteran receiver looking to forego any potential setbacks that could happen during training camp. On Monday, Jets GM John Idzik told WFAN that Tone is “getting close” to returning to the field.

Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.com

More than likely Holmes will be ready to go close to the start of the season, if not for Week One. We really like what Kerley and Hill could be to this offense, but adding back a player of Holmes experience will only help the Jets round out the team’s depth.

While Santonio can help an offense, we don’t buy into the idea that the Jets offense is sunk without him as many in the national media like to espouse. 2010 was his best year with the team and since then he has played virtually at a replacement level player for the position. Rex can talk all he likes about Tone being on pace for 80 catches last year, but at his 2012 pace, those numbers would have been comprised mostly of empty calories.

That then leads to the roster squeeze. Who misses out because of Santonio’s ability to make the active roster? Is Braylon Edwards at risk? Will the Jets have to expose one of their promising undrafted receivers to the waiver wire?

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