Wednesday, April 14, 2010
LT: Jets are Holmes' shot at redemption
A small but significant sampling of Santonio Holmes' new teammates are thrilled to have him and don't sound too worried he'll cause them grief.
ESPNNewYork.com's Jane McManus caught up with several New York Jets players at an event in SoHo and was able to get their thoughts on the controversial wide receiver.
Holmes has had a few brushes with the law and will open the 2010 season with a four-game suspension for multiple violations of the NFL's substance-abuse policy.
"If you're raising a teenager, there are certain things a teenager messes up," Jets running back LaDainian Tomlinson said. "He may make some bad decisions, but that doesn't mean they're a bad kid. I think that's definitely the case with a lot of our young players in the league today. It's the first time they're exposed to fame, to money. They're single, some of them.
"Sometimes, when something happens you learn from it. And his next step, for Santonio, he has to say -- and I'm sure he will -- 'This is it, this is my chance to make it right.'"
Jerricho Cotchery, who probably will see fewer passes thrown his way once Holmes' suspension is over, was far from offended by the trade. The Jets sent a fifth-round draft pick to the Pittsburgh Steelers to obtain a Super Bowl MVP.
"A fifth pick? That's unheard of to get that type of player for a fifth pick," Cotchery said. "Instantly, I knew that we had gotten better as a team."
In regard to a receiving corps that also includes Braylon Edwards and Brad Smith, Cotchery said: "I think we're complete now."