Sept. 30, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) makes a catch against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half at MetLife Stadium. 49ers won 34-0. Mandatory Credit: Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

Santonio Holmes Speaks on Tim Tebow(sort of), Mark Sanchez and Contract

We haven’t heard much from Santonio Holmes these days. He’s been pretty invisible since the Lisfranc injury that ended his 2012 season against the San Francisco 49ers. These days, he can be found taking classes at Ohio State while rehabbing his foot injury.

The Jets are getting ready for rookie minicamp this weekend, and OTAs thereafter. Santonio talked to the media Wednesday for the first time in months, first weighing in on the quarterback competition, lending his support to the incumbent for the time being:

Right now, it’s Sanchez and that’s who we’re going with and we’re going to continue on this road until time permits.”

I guess Mark and Santonio’s relationship is getting better, yes?

He was much more tight-lipped when asked about the Tim Tebow experiment:

(LONG PAUSE)….”That one I’m going to leave unanswered for that one. I have no answer for that one.” “I didn’t get a chance to play with Tim Tebow so I can’t fully express myself on the situation.”

Santonio took a paycut going into next year, and seems genuine about helping the team:

“I want to be here for the long term, and if it means helping out the team I’m going to continue helping out the team in any way possible,”

To his credit, Santonio Holmes is trying to be a good teammate, say all of the right things. He should stay out of the Tim Tebow situation, as they hardly ever saw the field together. He should support Mark, he has never played with any of the other competitors.

Will this good behavior continue when Santonio returns to the field? Your guess is as good as mine. There are no guarantees, and we have seen it go South before. You never, know, this could be a new Santonio. Imagine the harmony in the locker room if, instead of allowing his own personal problems to come out, Santonio Holmes acts like the veteran leader that he can be. The locker room will be an oasis that we have never seen before.

Hopefully, that can be more than words.

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  • matr dontelli iii

    first let me say: i don’t like the dude. i thought we shoulda signed bray instead of holmes two years ago, but that may be because i don’t like him. i don’t like the stupid first down signal he does regardless of game situation. i don’t like listening to him speak. i think he sounds like an idiot trying to sound intelligent. i thought that about the injury-prone cornerback we recently shipped out as well. there seems to be a lot of that in the nfl. that said, i didn’t expect him to keep himself clean from the reefer. i was expecting another suspension. so far i’ve been wrong on that one and at this point i expect him to stay clean. i read last year that he was trying to mentor the young receivers. that’s what a good veteran teammate should do. i like what he said about the salary deal and wanting to stay here. i’m not sure if he actually took a cut or rearranged the money to make the salary more cap-friendly. he sounds like he has matured. we’ll see. i hope so. he is talented. no arguing that. he may be overpaid but that may be a product of the recent quarterback play. he made some big plays back in 2010. some real big plays. let’s hope the foot heals up so he can do it again.

    • TheJetPress

      I can’t blame you Matr, he is not an easy guy to like. Guys like him are who make athletes hard to respect sometimes.

      The way I understood he took a pay cut, only now keeping his guaranteed money. It does seem like he has matured. It’s a great sign, but we’ll see. It always is good with him when things are going well, but if it goes south, we shall see if it continues.

      • Carey M Carnes

        It don’t matter how your receivers act or talk or they still smokin the reefer or stay hurt or what. Cause mark Sanchez sucks and the jets suck. I feel sorry for geno cause he is decent but Rex Ryan is a QB killer. He sucks too.

        • TheJetPress

          Thanks for chiming in.

        • matr dontelli iii

 is what you were looking for.