Once upon a time New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes became a Super Bowl hero. He later of course was shipped by the Pittsburgh Steelers for a 2010 fifth-round NFL Draft selection. During his first season in New York Holmes proved helpful for quarterback Mark Sanchez. The receiver collected 14 touchdowns his first two years with Gang Green, but last year’ s horrible Lisfranc injury cast some doubt on him going forward.
While not viewed the same caliber as Detroit Lions wideout Calvin Johnson, Holmes is capable of making big plays. On Sunday against the Buffalo Bills he once again reminded fans and experts alike that he can come through when it matters most. As Buffalo came back to pull even rookie Geno Smith connected with Holmes on an eventual game winning 69-yard touchdown as one of five receptions. Of course there will be growing pains with the young signal caller. There already were some issues as Smith was picked off three times in a Week 2 loss against the New England Patriots. His big arm offers hope that their offense will have more explosive opportunities.
There is solid potential to build chemistry with his new quarterback. If plays like their big time scoring pass continue then there could be much more of this to come. Judging by his route-running it appears that Holmes looks completely healed. He represents his team the biggest threat through the air so look for Holmes to get plenty of targets going forward.