Holmes: 'Looks can be deceiving'

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets coach Rex Ryan claims Santonio Holmes is in "great shape," but the team's No. 1 wide receiver says "looks can be deceiving."

"I say that with a smile, because if I actually felt as good as I looked, I'd definitely be at 100 percent," Holmes said following Thursday's practice.

Holmes, who continues to rehab from foot surgery, still doesn't have a timetable on when he'll be able to return from the field. He still can't run routes yet, and it doesn't appear that he'll be ready when the regular season begins, though he isn't counting it out.

Asked if he was still holding out hope of playing Week 1, Holmes responded, "Why would I hold out of anything? If I can go, I can go. If I can't, I can't."

Holmes feels pain in his foot every morning when he wakes up, and says it's something he's going to have to learn to tolerate because it hasn't gone away.

Holmes was spotted catching a couple passes from rookie quarterback Geno Smith last Saturday night, but the veteran target doesn't want that blown out of proportion.

"I mean all I did was run straight ahead. That's pretty much what I've been doing the last couple weeks is just run straight ahead," he said.

Asked if there was a possibility that he might miss the entire season, Holmes said, "I don't really know how to answer that. We have 16 weeks of football [for me to come back]. At any point, I could be ready to play.

"My main focus is to be as healthy as I can to perform at a level that is successful for the team and myself. I'm getting treatments everyday and not allowing myself to feel comfortable at any point with the success that I've made and the strides that I've made going forward."