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Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Holmes on Holmes: You have to sacrifice

By Jane McManus

Santonio Holmes isn't sure he will be on the field in Week 1, but he thinks Mark Sanchez will be the team's starting quarterback either way. The wide receiver spoke today on a range of issues beyond his foot rehabilitation and support for Sanchez during the Jets' mandatory minicamp.

Holmes was directed by the Jets to take a pay cut during the offseason, giving up $3.5 million of his base salary to remain with the team. He will make $7.5 million instead this season.

“As far as taking the pay cut,” Holmes said, “it’s what we all do in our profession in order to sustain a long-term career in one place. You have to be willing to sacrifice for the team and for the better not just for yourself.”

As for the team, Holmes said he has been trying to teach some of the younger receivers while he isn’t able to get into the game himself. The Jets' receivers, as Rex Ryan noted in his Wednesday morning press conference, have dropped more balls than they’ve caught.

“It’s been a struggle," Holmes said. “It’s been something that we as receivers really rely on is catching the ball.”

He was asked about Stephen Hill, who had more than one drop in Wednesday’s practice, and started by answering, “Man, Stephen Stephen Stephen.”

He said Hill wasn’t a complete receiver coming out of an option offense at Georgia Tech, and that it involved a lot of study to get to the next level. He added that the Jets would, “continue to build him as if he’s the next Megatron.”

During his time away last season, Holmes went back to school by taking classes at Ohio State, where he played.

“Classes were fun,” Holmes said. “It was actually a good thing to get back into school and get my mind off being injured and being elsewhere. I had a really good time learning and just getting a chance to rest the body. It’s been almost 20 years playing football since childhood and to this point.”

Holmes said he was “disheartened” to listen to all the things said about former teammate Darrelle Revis leading up to his trade to Tampa Bay. Holmes also has been using a hypobaric chamber in order to speed his recovery. “Hopefully it pays off when time comes to get back on the field,” Holmes said.

Whenever that may be.