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Santonio Holmes’ Return An Issue for New York Jets

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Usually a team’s best option at wide receiver is important to their franchise’s success. Santonio Holmes brings the most established pass-catching threat. He represents the New York Jets‘ closest thing to an elite target. Jeremy Kerley brings them an exciting speedy slot guy, but suffers when placed outside too long. The additions of David Nelson and Josh Cribbs are solid, but they are not no. 1s. Holmes supposedly remains hard at work to recover.

His personality, however, does diminish some of the appeal. He screamed at quarterback Mark Sanchez during 2011’s season finale. Like other receivers, his focus sometimes shifts away from team accomplishments and towards individual stats. For all of the talent Holmes has, such thinking often creates headaches.

Subjecting rookie signal caller Geno Smith to someone who constantly demands touches could negatively impact his development. So far in 2013, the receiver’s contributions have been decent when healthy. His long-term future plans may also end up playing a role.

There is a chance that Holmes can become a free agent next summer. Players must look out for their own careers; I understand that part of the process. Such thinking could explain a desire to rest up until after New York’s Week 10 bye. This franchise so far has exceeded expectations, so playing with their best threat could help.

At the same time, a delicate balance comes into play. Week 11 brings what could be an AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills. Holmes’ presence could either hinder or assist New York going forward.

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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