After a week off, the Jets have gotten back to practice and Santonio Holmes looks as if he is ready to return to the field full time. Holmes has missed the past five games due to a hamstring injury after easing back into the lineup this year from his season-ending Lisfranc injury suffered just four games into the 2012 season.
On Monday, Holmes participated in the entire 30 minutes of practice open reporters, a good indication that he could see playing time this weekend in Buffalo. Holmes worked with the team was the first such since his injury against the Titans.
Brian Bassett, TheJetsBlog.comSo far, Holmes has 10 receptions on 24 targets for 243 yards and one score. More than half those stats came against the Bills in Week 3 when Holmes had a career day. When healthy, Holmes production has been mercurial this season but his talent combined with Geno’s progress could be a boost for the Jets during the second half of the season.
Right now, Holmes production will be key to the Jets chances. Jeremy Kerley is recovering from his gruesome elbow injury that he suffered against the Saints and Jeff Cumberland is practicing in non-contact jerseys due to his concussion.
The Jets will get Kellen Winslow back this week, which is good news. Holmes is the team’s most talented veteran pass catcher on the roster and he and Geno will need to be more efficient in their targets to catch ratio over the second half of the season. Even considering Holmes’ breakout day against the Bills, he’s only catching 41 percent of the passes thrown his way. Kerley, on the other hand, is catching 65 percent of the passes thrown to him — 41 percent won’t be good enough.
Geno and Santonio need to be more efficient more of the time to keep the stick moving over the remainder of the season.