New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) scores a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Buffalo Bills at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Santonio Holmes says he's still not fully healthy


New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver Santonio Holmes had a monster game in Sunday’s victory over the rival Buffalo Bills, and he took full advantage of a weak matchup against Bills cornerback Justin Rogers. Holmes posted 154 receiving yards on five receptions, including a touchdown, and he simply had it too easy against Rogers, who looked awful and allowed Holmes to speed by Rogers.

Whether or not you believe Holmes at this point is up to you, but we all know how slow his recovery from last year’s season-ending Lisfranc injury has been. According to the New York Daily News, Santonio Holmes still doesn’t believe that he is fully healthy, “I still have a long way to go.”

The Jets are not dinking and dunking with rookie quarterback Geno Smith, as they are trying to take full advantage of his ability to make vertical throws. Holmes has the speed to beat guys deep, and he and Stephen Hill certainly benefited from facing a porous and banged up Bills secondary. Smith has been throwing a higher percentage of deep passes than anybody else in this league, therefore he is also completing as many deep balls as any other QB. That benefits Holmes, who is averaging 24.2 yards per reception this season (on just nine catches, though) thanks to the Jets and Smith’s willingness to take shots deep.

It’s interesting to hear Holmes reiterate that he doesn’t feel 100%, but he should be at 100% very soon. The percentages don’t matter anyway, because the real issue is whether or not Holmes is productive and shows more consistency in 2013 than in years past; part of that comes with motivation.

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  • Frank Antonelli

    Santonio is playing with the media. Good for him, keep them off balance, don’t give them anything!

    • matr dontelli iii

      fancy meeting you here, frank. not sure if you’re familiar with joe’s work, but he’s a good guy, despite being a patriots fan. he’s a fair writer, which i don’t see too much of on fansided or spin zone.

  • matr dontelli iii

    holmes is a very complex individual and is very easy to dislike. i think he’s been humbled a bit by this injury and its severity and i think he’s grateful for the opportunity to continue playing. i think early on he may have feared for his career. i think that’s at least part of why he answers the way he does. i really liked what he said about his game last week, something to the effect of ‘geno gave me the opportunity to make some plays and i took advantage of it’. not quite the me-first diva he’s made out to be. but i still don’t like his first down signal unless it’s an important one.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Hey, thanks for dropping by, Matr. Holmes is somebody who is easy to dislike given some of the things he has said and done (even going back to his days in the Burgh). Holmes’s Lisfranc injury was indeed extremely serious, and I hope you are indeed right. I hope Holmes has changed his tune and outlook, because the Jets need him to be focused and to care. He’s their best playmaker on offense, and he might be their only player who can legitimately be expected to make plays. As we saw last week, he can still absolutely tear up weak matchups, and he has top 20 WR upside based on his physical tools. He definitely isn’t a top 20 receiver by any stretch, but he has the ability to be that kind of a player if he’s focused. I think Geno Smith fits his skill-set perfectly as a WR.