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Santonio Holmes Likely to Play in New York Jets’ Season Opener

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Help is greatly needed for the New York Jets. Recent news has painted their quarterback situation as a mess, and with all of this uncertainty arguing otherwise becomes difficult. Presumed starter Mark Sanchez continues to heal an ailing shoulder which could sideline him for weeks, and long-term ability for him remains questionable regardless of health. Matt Simms had a nice preseason game but never experienced real contests. Recent pickup Brady Quinn has proven to be nothing more than a backup.

Therefore circumstances likely mean Geno Smith will start against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For a rookie quarterback being thrown immediately into action, surrounding talent is vital. Santonio Holmes still represents New York’s best pass catcher. Despite lack of ideal height he brings skills and exciting speed. He may not come to mind as an elite receiver, but he definitely has enough talent. After severely injuring his foot last year it is well known that the receiver’s recovery continues. A recent report from the New York Daily News suggests this process is going well. Included in the article is an interview with fellow Jets receiver Stephen Hill. When asked if thinks Holmes will play, Hill said “I think so,”  “Yeah I mean, he was practicing today, so…”

New York should be encouraged by such news following earlier fears. There are question marks from other targets which creates added importance on his return. Holmes has doubted himself dismissing positive reports. “Looks can be deceiving,” he said during the same article in response to seemingly running solid looking routes during practice. It seems natural for an individual to question their body following a serious injury. If confidence from others continues then it seems Holmes is ready to contribute.

Nick Mamary is a New York Jets writer for Follow him on Twitter @NickMamary1, “Like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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