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Tuesday, November 9, 2010
AFC East High Energy Player of the Week

By Tim Graham

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A look at a player who gave his team a significant boost in Week 9.

Santonio Holmes hadn't produced much for the New York Jets' offense. After a four-game suspension, he made his Jets debut in Week 5. In his first three games he gained 41 yards, 47 yards and 43 yards, caught no more than four passes and scored zero touchdowns.

Santonio Holmes
Santonio Holmes had five catches for 114 yards in Sunday's overtime win at Detroit.
Holmes' drops played a role in the Jets' inability to score against the Green Bay Packers in Week 8. His biggest contribution was in Week 6, when he got his face mask hooked by Denver Broncos safety Renaldo Hill's fingers, drawing a fourth-down pass interference call at the 2-yard line to set up an unlikely winning touchdown.

Holmes couldn't have found a better time to spark the Jets' offense than Sunday against the Detroit Lions.

In overtime, with the Jets trying to avoid back-to-back losses, Holmes caught a pass from Mark Sanchez at midfield, darted right and veered up between the hash marks for a 52-yard gain to the Lions' 32.

Three plays later, Nick Folk kicked a 30-yard field goal for the victory.

Holmes had five catches for a game-high 114 yards and finally showed people why the Jets traded for him and then waited for him.