WR Santonio Holmes, Free agent
HT: 5-11, WT: 190, Born: 3-3-1984, College: Ohio State, Drafted: Round 1, Pick 25
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Holmes will have a good shot to be the team's #3 receiver to open the season with second-year sensation Marquess Wilson out indefintely after having surgery on his broken collarbone. Holmes was inconsistent and disinterested at times with the Jets, but with his career on the line in a good passing offense, he might show flashes of what made him a #1 receiver earlier in his career.
2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Santonio Holmes, who suffered a serious Lisfranc injury last season, suited up and gave the Jets a great effort. Despite only securing one catch, Holmes played three quarters worth of snaps and was surprisingly active as an edge blocker. Holmes successfully blocked Darrelle Revis on a number of plays, which was encouraging to see. Holmes’s only catch came against Revis on a short slant route for a 14-yard gain. Holmes kept Revis’s hands off of him as he fought for inside position and secured the grab.
Week 2 - Santonio Holmes is clearly not 100 percent, but continues to gut out impressive performances. Holmes played a limited number of snaps, but made the most out of each play. Each of Holmes’s receptions came on well executed plays. Throughout the game, Holmes was matched up against Aqib Talib and had success working across the formation. During the first quarter, Holmes ran a deep crossing route and Smith hit him in stride for a 27-yard gain. Smith threw the ball perfectly to the right sideline and Holmes did his signature toe-tap in bounds. During the third quarter, Smith went back Holmes on a stop route for a 14-yard gain and an option route for a 10-yard gain. During the Jets’ final drive, Holmes ran a post route and was wide open, but slipped and fell as he made a cut and the ball was in the air. Due to wet field conditions and an injured foot, Holmes was unable to adjust to the flight of ball. The game may turn out differently if Holmes stayed on his feet.
Week 3 - He’s back. Holmes played a full complement of snaps and torched the injury-riddled Buffalo secondary. Holmes primarily ran intermediate routes and torched Buffalo’s secondary on one big play. Holmes got behind cornerback, Justin Rogers for a 69-yard touchdown reception. Holmes did an excellent job of selling the route and hauling in the pass for the score. As soon as Holmes caught the pass, Rogers fell down and Holmes waltzed 30 yards after the catch for the touchdown. Outside of his touchdown grab, Holmes ran a variety of dig, seam, and crossing routes. When Buffalo deployed zone coverage, Holmes found space in-between linebackers and safeties for big gains. Early in the third quarter, Holmes hauled in a 3rd-and-12 pass for a 40-yard gain. Once again, Holmes beat Rogers to the outside and Smith put the ball in place where only Holmes could make a play. Rogers had no business being on the field, so take Holmes’ final stat line with a grain of salt. Holmes did not show any ill-effects of his nasty Lisfranc injury from last season and will continue to serve as Smith’s 1A option.
Week 4 - It was a frustrating game for Santonio Holmes. Tennessee’s corners played tight man-to-man coverage for the majority of the game. Holmes, who is still dealing with the lingering effects of his Lisfranc injury, had trouble creating separation off the line of scrimmage. In addition, Geno Smith was wildly inaccurate when throwing over the middle of the field. Holmes lone reception occurred during the first quarter. Holmes ran a deep crossing route and Smith hit him in stride. Holmes was open on several occasions, but the passes sailed over his head. Midway through the fourth quarter, Holmes limped off the field and did not return. He appeared to re-injure his foot, so it’s worth monitoring this week’s injury report.
Week 11 - After missing the last five games with a hamstring injury, Santonio Holmes returned and provided a spark to New York’s offense. Holmes was targeted a team high eight times and made a big play early in the first quarter. Geno Smith uncorked an underthrown, wobbly pass that Holmes adjusted to mid-flight. Holmes was able to get under the pass and secure a 33-yard gain. Holmes’ second and final reception occurred during the third quarter when he ran a deep post route for a 38-yard gain. Holmes was targeted on Smith’s ‘pick six’ and after the game, safety Da’Norris Searcy said Holmes’ body language tipped him off on the route and he was able to make a play. Holmes comes with a lot of baggage, but his play making ability is invaluable.
Week 12 - Santonio Holmes has a tendency to mentally check out of games when his team falls behind. Today was another clear example of Holmes’ lack of focus. Holmes dropped two of his four targets, which would have resulted in big gains. Holmes’ only reception occurred midway through the third quarter. Holmes ran a crossing route and dove for the pass. Initially the referee called the pass incomplete, but New York successfully challenged and the call was reversed.
Week 13 - Santonio Holmes, who is battling through a hamstring injury, was active for the game, but only appeared on three first-half snaps. He was not targeted on a single pass play.
Week 14 - After playing only three snaps last week, Holmes bounced back with a solid performance. During his team first drive, Holmes ran a deep post route and hauled in a 32-yard pass. Holmes fought through a mild hamstring strain and looked surprisingly explosive. Midway through the second quarter, Holmes ran a quick slant route and hauled in a 13-yard pass. Holmes’ third and final reception set-up Chris Ivory’s fourth quarter touchdown run that essentially preserved the victory. On a 3rd-and-4 play, Holmes ran a quick out-route for a 10-yard gain. Holmes fought and created space off the line of scrimmage before securing the catch. Holmes had two scoring opportunities, but dropped touchdown passes in the first and third quarters.
Week 15 - Santonio Holmes spent the last week berating Carolina’s secondary. Holmes called out Carolina’s secondary as the ‘weakest link’ when in fact; New York’s wide receivers have been inept. Holmes caught just two of his eight targets. Holmes dropped three passes and was a virtual non-factor. Holmes sixth and last meaningful target was intercepted and returned for a touchdown by Captain Munnleryn. Holmes caught his only two passes during the fourth quarter when the game had already been decided.
Week 16 - Outside of a second quarter 12-yard reception, Santonio Holmes was virtually a non-factor. Holmes dropped three of his six targets including a 20-yard slant route that would have resulted in a touchdown. Late in the third quarter, Smith called a designed wide receiver screen for Holmes where he picked up eight yards after the catch.
Week 17 - Santonio Holmes stepped up and made two big first half plays. Midway through the second quarter, Holmes ran a deep seam route and hauled in a 23-yard gain. Holmes displayed impressive body control as he jumped up to make the catch. Three plays later, Smith came back to Holmes on a short crossing route for an 8-yard gain. Holmes beat press coverage off the line of scrimmage as he worked to make the play. Right before halftime, Holmes made his biggest play in weeks on a 3rd-and-5 play. Holmes caught a quick wide receiver screen and worked into the open field for a 10-yard gain. This play prolonged New York’s drive which eventually led to Geno Smith’s 7-yard rushing touchdown. Overall, Holmes turned in his second straight disappointing season. Holmes finished with just 20 catches for 415 yards and one touchdown.