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

By Alan Schechter

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

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.