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Friday, October 4, 2013
Santonio Holmes fires back, rips media

By Rich Cimini

Santonio Holmes, who expressed frustration Thursday that he caught only one pass in last Sunday's ugly loss to the Tennessee Titans, landed on some back pages Friday morning -- and he wasn't happy.

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On Friday morning, Holmes tweeted: "For the record. This media stuff never distracts me, I hate that our #NyJets fans have to read this "crap" when things aren't going good."

A little earlier, Holmes tweeted: "What a great morning 2 awake 2 hear the media frenzy about Holmes quitting on his team, and he sucks, and he always blaming someone else."

Holmes' controversial comment came in the middle of his weekly news conference. Naturally, most of the questions focused on his new hamstring injury, which could sideline him for a few weeks. Eventually, he was asked about his one-catch performance against the Titans. Holmes noted that he played 49 snaps, "and all I know is that I had one catch."

I asked him how he can explain that.

"It's the offense's job," he said. "I can't throw it to myself and catch it. Otherwise, I would."

Poor choice of words. New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks created a stir recently when he made the same remark. A quote like that can be perceived as selfishness. Throw in Holmes' track record, and it turns into a combustible story.

Because of his foot injury, Holmes and rookie quarterback Geno Smith didn't get a lot of practice time in the preseason, and the lack of chemistry shows. Smith has targeted Holmes a team-high 23 times, but has 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.)