Jets head coach Rex Ryan told the media on Monday that “it’s too early too tell” whether former Ohio State wideout Santonio Holmes will suit up for New York in their season opener on September 8 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Holmes is continuing to recover from multiple surgeries to his midfoot that caused him to miss the final 12 games of the 2012 season.
A report from ESPN New York’s Rich Cimini this afternoon tells that anonymous Jets teammates believe Holmes is “milking” the injury to avoid training camp and keep his 2014 free agent stock high. Via the report, Holmes is being overly cautious as to not re-injure the foot, as any sort of injury would make him “damaged goods” in the offseason, or even force him into retirement.
Holmes’ career has taken a large blow since his he was traded to the Jets, and he’s failed to eclipse the 1000-yard receiving mark in any of his three seasons in New York. While some of the blame could be put on the Jets’ offensive line and the poor play of quarterback Mark Sanchez, injuries, suspensions and being benched have all been roadblocks that Holmes has created himself. Both he and the Jets are hopeful that he can return to the form that helped the lead the Pittsburgh Steelers to Super Bowl XLIII.
In three season with the Buckeyes from 2003-2005, Holmes caught a combined 140 passes for 2295 yards and 25 touchdowns, averaging 16.4 yards per catch.