Receivers Coach Sanjay Lal Shocked at the Holmes Situation at OTAs

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August 4, 2011; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal during training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-US PRESSWIRE

New Jets wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal has a lot of work to do, learning his new players. Clearly, he also is getting used to working under the microscope that is New York City. He was shocked that the situation that occurred with Santonio Holmes during OTAs caused such a buzz, as he says it happens similarly, quite often, including with other receivers that day:

“Honestly, it was complete shock to me that this was being reported,” Lal told me of Holmes’ decision to remove himself from the June 7 practice. “Every day in every practice, I make it a point to tell the receivers — because they run so much — you have to keep them healthy. There’s an open book in our room: If you feel any muscle issue, we’re going to err on the side of caution, especially in June. There’s no point getting hurt in June. So, a receiver coming to the coach and saying, ‘Hey, my hammy’s tight. Hold me down to short routes. Can you space out my routes more today?’ That’s done every day…. So I really didn’t understand what the whole story was about. It was no different than two other receivers on that same day saying the same thing to me.”

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