How do we solve a problem like dropped passes? That is a question that is on the minds of the Jets’ coaching staff and fans alike. A few less drops last week might have provided a different result against the New England Patriots. If the rookie quarterback is going to have any success, he needs help from his weapons on the outside.
So how do you minimize the drops? Santonio Holmes talked about that yesterday:
The main thing is to just stay focused on the football. That is the most important part of our job as wide receivers, to stay focused on the football, to not take your eyes off it, (or) to make a move up field before you get the catch. That’s the biggest key for any guy, in any particular position, is to continue to watch the ball all the way through the catch. Like Coach Sanjay (Lal) says all the time, eyes to the tuck. When you take your eyes down to the tuck, you are guaranteed to catch and hold on to the ball.
It seems so simple, doesn’t it? Just watch the ball into your hands. The concept just seems to avoid our group of guys every so often. It must be hard with big people running after you when you try to catch a football, but they had better improve on it soon.
He is working on his chemistry with Geno Smith as well:
It’s coming along. We spend a little time talking. I think we spend more time talking off the field than we do communicating on the field. It’s just putting it on tape, giving him opportunities to see how well I work throughout practice and letting him study and learn from that. That’s the biggest key, him and Coach Morhinweg and Coach Lee spend a lot of time working in the film room working on the things that we don’t get an opportunity to work on first hand.
When that finally comes together it will be pretty exciting.