New York Jets No. 1 wide receiver Santonio Holmes looks like a game-time decision for this week’s huge AFC East matchup against the Miami Dolphins, and losing Holmes would be a tough blow to a passing offense that is in dire straights. Rookie quarterback Geno Smith has mostly been “down”, and not having Holmes out there won’t help things. Although Holmes is a very inconsistent receiver, he’s also a talented one and is a whole lot better than some of the receivers the Jets are trotting out there. And with the reliable Jeremy Kerley unlikely to play, an inactive week from Holmes would be that much worse.
Kerley’s and Holmes’s status are in doubt, and it sounds like Santonio Holmes suffered a setback on the hamstring injury that plagued him earlier this season. According to ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini, Jets head coach Rex Ryan stated that he is “concerned” that Holmes won’t be able to play against the Dolphins after missing today’s practice. He’s going to be a game-time decision on Sunday, and all eyes will be peeled on how Holmes’s hamstring checks out then.
If Kerley and Holmes are unable to play (Holmes honestly has a better chance of playing than Kerley), then the Jets will pretty much be forced to start Stephen Hill, who has drawn the ire of Ryan for his frustratingly inconsistent play. I mean, there are times when it seems like Hill doesn’t know how to run routes. Without Holmes, it would likely come down to how good David Nelson and Greg Salas are, and I am quite intrigued to see what Salas can do.