7 games into the 2011 season, the New York Jets had to expect more from Santonio Holmes and Dustin Keller.
With QB Mark Sanchez asked to air the ball out more, the Jets receivers expected to benefit nicely.
That hasn’t happened.
The Jets leader in receptions? That would be Keller with 25.
Holmes is next with 22 receptions in 7 games and RB LaDainian Tomlinson is third with 20. Paltry numbers in the NFL these days.
Consider this: The Pittsburgh Steelers have 3 receivers with at least 30 catches including TE Heath Miller with 30. The Washington Redskins have 3 receivers with at least 25 catches. Heck, even the Cincinnati Bengals have 3 receivers with more catches than Holmes.
Is it a matter of Sanchez not getting the ball to his receivers or his receivers not making plays and getting open?
As to Holmes, he was signed to a major contract this season and he hasn’t come close to earning it. His comments to the media have put added pressure on him and he needs to figure out a way to straighten it out. Fast.