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Monday, August 12, 2013
What we learned on Day 19

By Rich Cimini

CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Observations from the press box:

1. Holmes wrecker: When Santonio Holmes suffered a season-ending LisFranc foot injury last season in Week 4, the Jets said he'd "make a full recovery and be ready to roll for next year." Uh, not so fast. On Monday, Holmes uttered these ominous words: "Right now, I can't run." If this were a 300-pound lineman, it wouldn't be cause for alarm. But a wide receiver who makes his living with stops and starts and sudden change of direction? It's a concern. Forget about opening day. The Jets need to start bracing for the likelihood their No. 1 receiver won't be back for some time.

2. No Mountaineer love: You won't hear Rex Ryan humming "Country Roads" anytime soon. Ryan, responding to a Pittsburgh-based newspaper article in which Geno Smith's former teammates questioned the leadership on last year's team, fired a salvo at the West Virginia football program. Ryan said he's glad he didn't send his college-age son, Seth, to West Virginia. Memo to Rex: If you're ever driving through that region of the country, you may want to avoid West Virginia. You won't be a popular guy on those country roads.

3. Aggressive O: The Jets don't have a ton of offensive talent, but you know what? They might be fun to watch. The minds of OC Marty Mornhinweg and QBs coach David Lee will keep things interesting. Mornhinweg runs the West Coast offense, but he likes to take more shots downfield than most of his West Coast brethren -- evidenced in Monday's practice. Lee brings the Wildcat and read-option elements into the offense, which should spice up the running game. And there could be some Pistol, too. If nothing else, it'll give the opposition a lot to think about.