Thursday, October 3, 2013
Santonio Holmes: 'I can't throw it to myself'
By Rich Cimini
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Santonio Holmes said he's not upset by having to overcome another injury, this time a significant hamstring pull, but the wide receiver seemed frustrated that he wasn't a bigger part of the New York Jets' offense in last week's 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
"I can't throw it to myself and catch it," Holmes said Thursday. "Otherwise, I would."
That's a Nicks-onian quote -- New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks, who created headlines with a similar comment. It could be perceived as a shot at rookie QB Geno Smith, although Holmes also claimed he was doubled on occasion, forcing Smith to throw elsewhere.
But let's face facts: Except for a couple of big plays against the Buffalo Bills in Week 3, Holmes has yet to develop much chemistry with Smith. On Sunday, he was targeted five times and made only one catch.
In fact, Smith has targeted Holmes a team-high 23 times, but completed only 43.5 percent of those attempts, the second-worst percentage for any quarterback-wide receiver duo, according to ESPN Stats & Information. Smith has completed 60 percent of his passes to other receivers. (In case you're wondering, the worst duo is Tom Brady and Kenbrell Thompkins of the New England Patriots.)
Holmes and Smith will lose a lot of practice time because Holmes is expected to miss multiple games, according to sources. Holmes wouldn't say if he's out Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons, but, in a slip of the tongue, he said this will mark the first time in his career he will have missed a game with a hamstring injury.
"Honestly, my hamstring feels like it hurts," he said.
Holmes spent nearly a year rehabbing his surgically repaired foot, the result of a severe Lisfranc injury last season in Week 4. He missed training camp and didn't play in the preseason -- a layoff that, in retrospect, caused the hamstring injury, he believes.
"Not having the offseason really affected the conditioning of the body, which I never thought about until now," he said.
Holmes said his foot was 100 percent at the start of the season, which is revisionist history. At no point over the previous four weeks did he ever say he was 100 percent. He went out of his way to say the opposite was true. Clearly, he's not 100 percent now. He walked slowly into the interview, limping noticeably. He grimaced a bit when stepping up to the podium.
It'll be a while before Holmes and Smith get a chance to make up for lost time. Interestingly, Holmes declined to discuss Smith's four-turnover performance in Nashville.
"I honestly think my perspective to you guys wouldn't matter," he said. "Our coaches take on those responsibilities."