Santonio Holmes Showing a New Attitude

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September 16, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) scores on a 14 yard pass reception against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the first quarter at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Santonio Holmes cashed in his season of 2010 with a huge contract. $50 million for a wide receiver comes with certain expectations. Namely, for that receiver to play like a number one receiver, and live up to that contract. Holmes has done anything but that lately, with 27 games passing since his last 100 yard performance. Holmes doesn’t think it reflects on much:

“I honestly don’t think it reflects anything about me as a receiver,” he said of the streak, “because my job is to do what I can do to help the team win ballgames. Whether I catch one pass for 13 yards, whether I catch nine for 1,000 yards, it really doesn’t matter. It’s about the performance that you put in from the first quarter to the fourth quarter and the grades that count out when you’re in your receiver room, and Coach wants to talk to you about the little things that you didn’t do, the techniques that you didn’t use. It’s those things that count. It’s not about how many yards you put up each week.”

He says he is trying to be an example, as the only veteran receiver, to the other receivers in the room:

“Attitude can mean many things,” he said. “It doesn’t necessarily mean a good or bad thing. It can mean in a way that our team really feeds off of the energy that a person brings to the practice field. That’s what I try to bring to this team every day is great energy to the practice field because I think that these guys do feed off of the way I play, and the performance that I put on, because of my status of being the only veteran receiver here. These guys are depending on me to be the guy, and I’ve got to step up to the plate.”

This is all great for him to say. Some of our problems with him, at least from my standpoint, is that his effort doesn’t appear to be there. Sunday, for example, he seemed more concerned with influencing calls by the replacement refs, rather than catching the football. He is paid a lot of money, we want to see him make the tough catches. 11 targets, 3 receptions is just not good enough.

Some of what he talks about, is behavior that we won’t see, in the film room, practice field…etc. Hopefully, it will translate onto the field, and soon.

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