The Chicago Bears flier on Santonio Holmes seems to be working out in the early stages, even if the likely No. 3 wide receiver still isn’t quite guaranteed a roster spot, although that language seems to be a formality at this point. Based on the reports we’ve heard in the preseason, Holmes has made a good impression on Phil Emery, Marc Trestman, and the Bears organization, and it’s important that they like the work he’s put in at practice and aren’t concerned about a lack of work ethic or attitude issues. Those two things plagued Holmes during his time with the New York Jets, and he earned the reputation for being a diva, which became magnified under New York’s intense media spotlight.
Today, Pro Football Talk reports that the Bears “are very pleased” with Holmes and expect him to both make the team and have a “real role” in the offense. That makes me think he’s in line to be the No. 3 wideout, which would make him the No. 4 or 5 target in the passing game (depending on where you have Matt Forte behind Martellus Bennett, or if you count running backs as “targets”). Holmes should probably be fifth in targets and receptions, but it sounds like he’ll be able to make a solid impact with those opportunities.
The big keys for Holmes are always staying motivated, healthy, and consistent. It sounds like he’s doing a great job of taking care of the first key, the second key is always going to be hard to project, and the third key is one that we’ll be able to get a good handle on when the regular season opens up. So far it sounds like Holmes is fitting in nicely in Chicago, and he probably knows that this could be one of his last opportunities to make good on his immense talent.