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Week 1 vs. TEN
Receiving: 9 / 131 / 1 on 11 targets
Santonio has clearly carried over the trust he earned in the Super Bowl. He was silky smooth on his routes, displaying sticky hands and solid run after catch instincts when he was targeted. Holmes got open with ease, especially on his 34-yard TD when he snuck behind Chris Hope. Holmes made a tough catch in traffic over the middle, he got down and made the catch when Big Ben missed low, and he responded to a redirection from Big Ben perfectly on a key fourth quarter play to set up the tying field goal. He was drafted as a WR2/WR3 in most leagues, but this kind of WR1 production should be common for Holmes this year.
Week 2 vs. CHI
Receiving: 5 / 83 / 0 on 14 targets
Holmes had a nice stat line, but it could have been a lot bigger. He dropped multiple passes, including a TD in the fourth quarter, and he also slipped on what could have been a good gain in the second half. He did get open at will downfield, and he also had a good run after catch, highlighting his natural ability to set up blocks, and it could have been a longer gain if he hadn't slipped. He is the centerpiece of the Steelers new pass-first attack.
Week 3 vs. CIN
Receiving: 1 / 18 / 0 on 5 targets
The Bengals did a very good job defending Holmes and Roethlisberger often targeted his underneath receivers instead who were matched against safeties. Holmes and Roethlisberger also looked out of sync at times, and a miscommunication deep in Steeler territory led to a easy interception and touchdown return.
Week 4 vs. SD
Rushing: 1 / 7 / 0
Receiving: 4 / 52 / 0 on 5 targets
Holmes took a backseat in week 4 to the running game and a lot of intermediate passes from Roethlisberger. His targets suffered due to this, however when he was called upon to make a play he came through, most often abusing the coverage of Antonio Cromartie early on. Later in the game Holmes ran a double reverse for a short gain on the ground. Overall a fairly quiet game for the rising star.
Week 5 vs. DET
Receiving: 4 / 50 / 0 on 6 targets
Santonio Holmes was wide open at every turn in Week 5 against the Lions, racking up yardage quickly in the first half with four catches for 50 yards. He was open for 10-20 yards at a clip and took full advantage of the suspect secondary. Only the play calling kept him from a much bigger game as Pittsburgh stuck to a conservative approach after the half with just seven pass attempts in the third and fourth quarters.
Week 6 vs. CLE
Receiving: 5 / 104 / 0 on 8 targets
Holmes, like teammate Hines Ward, found himself open on deep crosses and quick slants frequently. He was sure handed and elusive after the catch. He narrowly missed getting into the end zone on two receptions after being tackled after long runs by the Cleveland secondary.
Week 7 vs. MIN
Rushing: 1 / 1 / 0
Receiving: 2 / 59 / 0 on 7 targets
Holmes had a nice catch and run to start the fourth quarter, taking a short sideline route 45 yards to the Minnesota 9 yard line. Rashard Mendenhall fumbled the ball away on the next offensive play and Holmes was absent from the stat sheet after that. Holmes reached the end zone on a short 7 yard pass at the end of the first half, but he was only open because Heath Miller knocked down his defender and was flagged for offensive pass interference.
Week 9 vs. DEN
Receiving: 6 / 93 / 0 on 6 targets
Lined up against the great Champ Bailey for most of the night, Holmes had the toughest matchup of any Steelers receiver. Holmes was able to use his quickness to break off routes and get open in front of Bailey. He was even able to haul in a pass with Bailey draped on his back striking at the football. Holmes showed good concentration on an over-the-shoulder catch against Bailey that Ben Roethlisberger put right on the money.
Week 10 vs. CIN
Receiving: 7 / 88 / 0 on 14 targets
Holmes often broke open late across the middle when the Bengals played zone defense but Roethlisberger was usually under pressure or looking to the other side of the field when he did. Had those connections been made, Holmes would have had a huge day. Holmes was Roethlisberger's most targeted wide receiver again, however, and made a number of strong catches in traffic.
Week 11 vs. KC
Receiving: 7 / 86 / 0 on 10 targets
Holmes was not on the same page with Roethlisberger early on, and it looked like his QB wasn't happy with that. After running an errant pattern on the first drive, he was not thrown to until near the end of the half. All was forgiven in the second half, as he came alive with six receptions, 5 of which moved the chains. He did not score, however, which brings the count to 9 weeks without a touchdown for Holmes.
Week 12 vs. BAL
Receiving: 6 / 74 / 1 on 10 targets
Holmes was Dennis Dixon's go to guy this week and he turned in a very good all around game for the Steelers. Holmes was the catalyst for the Steelers passing attack catching back to back balls to start the 2nd quarter. The 2nd catch was a strong 33 yard TD grab, his first TD since week 1. Holmes was targeted a team high 10 times during week 12.
Week 13 vs. OAK
Receiving: 8 / 149 / 1 on 9 targets
Holmes had a field day against soft Raiders coverage downfield, beating the safety to the front pylon on a corner route that resulted in a TD, and breaking a tackle to turn a modest gain into a long one inside the Raiders five during the frenetic fourth quarter. Holmes also did well on short passes, including catching one while pretty much lying on his back. Holmes worked the middle of the field with good hands and no worries about taking hits to make plays. He's a fine WR2 play this week with Hines Ward ailing.
Week 14 vs. CLE
Receiving: 6 / 93 / 0 on 11 targets
Santonio Holmes was the top receiver for Pittsburgh against Cleveland in Week 14, racking up nearly 100 yards on six catches. Holmes tried to stretch the field all night and also ran several intermediate routes as he was the top target for Ben Roethlisberger throughout the game. Holmes took over as the best option for Pittsburgh with Hines Ward at less than full strength, but the combination of bad weather and severe pressure on Roethlisberger limited Holmes' production.
Week 15 vs. GB
Rushing: 1 / -2 / 0
Receiving: 3 / 77 / 0 on 7 targets
Holmes had to deal with Charles Woodson all day, but he did draw an early PI call, and he also had a red zone catch that he took to the one-yard line to set up Mendenhall's TD run. Holmes also had a drop and an end around that went nowhere, and he was quiet until his fourth down catch to keep the game alive for Pittsburgh. This kind of game represents his floor, expect better things against the Ravens undermanned secondary next week.
Week 16 vs. BAL
Receiving: 5 / 86 / 1 on 12 targets
Santonio Holmes was the leading receiver for the Steelers in Week 16, leading the team in receptions and yardage against Baltimore. Holmes exploited the lack of coverage on a corner blitz by the Ravens in the second quarter. Holmes cut his route short when his covering corner blitzed and took the quick pass from Roethlisberger, eluded both Baltimore safeties and just got the ball inside of the pylon for the 24-yard score.
Week 17 vs. MIA
Passing: 0 - 1, 0 yards, 0 TD, 1 INT
Receiving: 1 / 5 / 1 on 3 targets
Holmes was not targeted often. He did a very nice job of getting open for a short touchdown catch early in the game, but it would turn out to be his only catch of the game.