Cut Santonio Holmes Some Slack

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He took himself out of OTAs early yesterday. It turns out that he did so because he felt he was doing too many reps, and he didn’t want to rush too hard getting back to work and risk injury.

Fair? I think so.

But yet reporters still gave him a hard time. Check out some of these comments

Santonio Holmes’ definition of “overworked in practice” is 35 snaps. In June. In shorts. That is mind-boggling. The coddling by Jets management makes it infinitely worse. He was scheduled for 35 snaps, bailed out after 25 due to “fatigue.” Amazing.

You see? People take everything he does, and magnify it.

Let’s now take a look at what actually was said, first by Santonio Holmes himself:

“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”

When coach Ryan heard about the situation. He had no problem with it:

“If he thinks he’d be stretching it to give five or 10 extra reps, you have to be smart about it,” Ryan said, adding, “If a guy thinks he’s tight … you don’t want a guy pulling (a muscle). He knows his body better than anybody.”

This is a non issue, and would be had anyone else done it. But, Santonio Holmes did it, so it gets magnified.

By accounts, Holmes threw his helmet down on the field. People take that out of proportion, assuming that he had a “meltdown”, as was reported, or that he was angry. Unless you were two inches from him, you don’t know he was angry. Folks are assuming he was angry, and you know what they say about assuming.

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