2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Jets' Holmes: 'I can't throw it to myself'

By DENNIS WASZAK Jr. - AP Sports Writer
    2013-10-03 18:21

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Santonio Holmes is hamstrung by another injury - and a lack of chemistry with his starting quarterback.

The New York Jets wide receiver is dealing with a strained hamstring that will likely keep him out of at least the team's game at Atlanta on Monday night. That's a setback for the still-developing on-field relationship between him and rookie Geno Smith.

Holmes surprisingly wasn't a major part of the offense in the Jets' 38-13 loss at Tennessee last Sunday. He had just one catch despite being on the field for 49 plays before suffering the hamstring injury.

``It's the offense's job,'' Holmes said Thursday. ``I can't throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would. I just have to do my part, which is the position that I'm playing, which is primary `X' receiver and a lot of times you get double-covered, get taken out of the play.

``The progression and the reads from the quarterback have to go elsewhere.''

The comments were similar to ones made a few weeks ago by Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks, who caused some controversy after a 38-0 loss to Carolina when he also said, ``I can't throw it to myself.''

Holmes missed most of last season with a foot injury, but made it back to play in the season opener. He was coming off a career-best 154 yards receiving against Buffalo before being injured at Tennessee, and it appeared he and Smith might be getting closer to being on the same page.

Holmes is fourth on the team with 10 catches for 243 yards and a touchdown. But now, he could be out a few weeks.

``Not frustrating at all,'' he insisted. ``It's just something I have to deal with. Coach (Rex Ryan) told me to look at it as if it's a part of the rehab. I came back feeling 100 percent and ready to play in the first game, and there became some give and take throughout the process of making a return.

``Not having the offseason really affected the condition of (my) body, which I never thought about until now.''

He missed all of offseason training and preseason before finally stepping back onto the practice field shortly before the regular season began.

Holmes suffered a Lisfranc injury, which usually involves separation of ligaments and joints in the middle of the foot, against San Francisco last Sept. 30. He needed surgery to repair the injury, and then had another procedure in February to remove the screws. The rehabilitation process was arduous, and Holmes said as recently as two weeks ago that he wouldn't consider himself close to being 100 percent healthy.

Almost exactly a year to the day of that injury - one day shy, in fact - Holmes is facing more time in the trainers' room.

``I've been there quite some time,'' Holmes said with a smile. ``I've made some really good friends in the training room. The guys are always happy to see me in the mornings. So it's been fun being around those guys and understanding what their job description is to help us recover fast and get back on the field.''

The Jets could be short-handed at Atlanta at the receiver position if Holmes and Stephen Hill, recovering from a concussion, both don't play. New York signed former Buffalo wide receiver David Nelson on Wednesday to help fill the potential void.

``My hamstring feels like it hurts,'' Holmes said. ``If it makes sense, that's exactly how it feels right now.''

Running back Chris Ivory (hamstring), cornerback Dee Milliner (hamstring), tight end Kellen Winslow (knee) and tackle Oday Aboushi (knee) joined Holmes and Hill as players who did not practice Thursday. Wide receiver Clyde Gates (knee) and cornerback Darrin Walls (shoulder) were limited.

--

NOTES: Ryan said he thought briefly about using a color-coded system - as he did during Mark Sanchez's rookie season in 2009 - to help Smith cut down on turnovers before changing his mind Wednesday. ``I think it's his understanding of what we're doing and I want him to play the position,'' Ryan said. ``I don't want him to sit back and be focused on other things. Just play the position and I think he's going to be just fine. That's kind of going to be where we're at.'' ... Ryan confirmed that rookie Brian Winters is taking snaps with the first-team offense at left guard after Vladimir Ducasse started the first four games there. ``We're giving him an opportunity, a look there as well,'' Ryan said of Winters. ``But as far as saying he's definitely going to be the starter, I'm not ready to say that yet.''

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Brodrick BunkleyNov 25 12:03p

New Orleans Saints DT Brodrick Bunkley (quadriceps) is believed to have torn his quadriceps in the team's Week 12 game Monday, Nov. 24, but he'll undergo an MRI exam [ More ]

Jordan CameronNov 25 11:53a

Cleveland Browns TE Jordan Cameron (concussion) is expected to play in Week 13.

Michael VickNov 25 09:53a

New York Jets QB Michael Vick (calf) is expected to start in Week 13 if head coach Rex Ryan is still calling the shots and Vick's calf is healthy.

Andre SmithNov 25 09:23a

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (triceps) will miss the rest of the year with a torn triceps that will require surgery.

Justin ForsettNov 25 12:13a

Baltimore Ravens RB Justin Forsett ran for 182 yards and two scores in a 34-27 victory over the New Orleans Saints Monday, Nov. 24.

Latavius MurrayNov 24 08:13p

Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) remains a question mark heading into Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams. Head coach Tony Sparano said Murray hasn't passed the league's [ More ]

Larry FitzgeraldNov 24 08:03p

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald (knee) is unsure when he will return from his knee injury, according to head coach Bruce Arians. We still don't know anything about Larry, [ More ]

Andre EllingtonNov 24 08:03p

Arizona Cardinals RB Andre Ellington and WR Michael Floyd both saw the fewest offensive snaps of the season in the Week 12 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Ellington played [ More ]

Jorvorskie LaneNov 24 06:43p

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers placed FB Jorvorskie Lane (ankle) on the Reserve/Injured list Monday, Nov. 24.

Chris JohnsonNov 24 05:53p

New York Jets RB Chris Johnson will receive work on third downs, because RB Bilal Powell (illness) has been declared inactive for Week 12.

Fred JacksonNov 24 05:43p

Buffalo Bills RB Fred Jackson (groin) is active for the team's Week 12 game.

Bilal PowellNov 24 05:43p

The New York Jets have declared RB Bilal Powell, OL Dakota Dozier, DE IK Enemkpali, CB Josh Thomas, QB Matt Simms, WR Walter Powell, OG Wesley Johnson inactive for Week 12.

Cyrus KouandjioNov 24 05:33p

The Buffalo Bills have declared DE Bryan Johnson, OT Cyrus Kouandjio, FB Frank Summers, DL Jarius Wynn, TE MarQueis Gray, WR Marquise Goodwin, LB Randell Johnson inactive for Week 12.

Eric BerryNov 24 05:13p

The Kansas City Chiefs placed SS Eric Berry (illness) on the Non-Football Illness list Monday, Nov. 24, according to a source. Berry will miss the rest of the season.

Eric BerryNov 24 05:13p

Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (illness) underwent an MRI on his chest, which revealed a mass in his chest. The team believes he has lymphoma, but there is no definite diagnosis.

R. Griffin IIINov 24 03:33p

Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III will start Sunday, Nov. 30, against the Indianapolis Colts, according to head coach Jay Gruden.

Jay FeelyNov 24 03:33p

Free-agent PK Jay Feely (Cardinals) will visit the Denver Broncos Tuesday, Nov. 25, for a kicking audition, according to sources.

Vernon DavisNov 24 01:53p

San Francisco 49ers TE Vernon Davis had three catches for just 21 yards in the team's Week 12 win over the Washington Redskins, and that came after he had [ More ]

Ryan MallettNov 24 01:13p

Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) is expected to miss the rest of the season because of the pectoral injury he suffered in Week 12.

Tony RomoNov 24 12:43p

Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo (back) went 18-for-26 for 275 yards and four touchdowns in Week 12 against the New York Giants, and he didn't show any signs of [ More ]

Shane VereenNov 24 12:33p

New England Patriots RB Shane Vereen had a team-high 62 snaps in the team's Week 12 win over the Detroit Lions, but RB LeGarrette Blount had 17 snaps and [ More ]

C.J. AndersonNov 24 12:23p

Denver Broncos RB C.J. Anderson rushed 27 times for 167 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 12 win over the Miami Dolphins, and it was the most [ More ]

Alfred MorrisNov 23 11:52p

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris averaged 6.0 yards per attempt on 21 carries in the Week 12 game against the San Francisco 49ers. It was his first 100-yard game [ More ]

Larry FitzgeraldNov 23 10:32p

Arizona Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald's (knee) sprained knee did not respond as hoped before the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks, so he was inactive. He could well miss more games.

Doug MartinNov 23 10:23p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Doug Martin (ankle) returned to the lineup in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. He carried 11 times for 27 yards. He was sidelined for [ More ]

Michael FloydNov 23 10:22p

Arizona Cardinals WR Michael Floyd was targeted twice in the Week 12 game against the Seattle Seahawks, but he did not record any catches or offensive statistics.

DeAndre HopkinsNov 23 09:33p

Houston Texans WR DeAndre Hopkins posted five receptions for 39 yards in Week 12 against the Cincinnati Bengals. He is now over 100 receptions for the first time in his career.

Jorvorskie LaneNov 23 09:33p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers FB Jorvorskie Lane (ankle) was carted off in the second quarter of the Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears due to what head coach Lovie [ More ]

Mike EvansNov 23 09:33p

Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans had three receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 game against the Chicago Bears. He has now scored at [ More ]

Ryan MallettNov 23 09:33p

Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett (pectoral) suffered a pectoral injury in the Week 12 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, and he will go for an MRI. He might miss [ More ]

A.J. GreenNov 23 09:22p

Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green posted a career-high 12 receptions for 121 yards in Week 12 against the Houston Texans. 'It's just one of those days when you just [ More ]

Andre SmithNov 23 09:22p

Cincinnati Bengals OT Andre Smith (triceps) suffered a partially torn triceps muscle in the Week 12 against the Houston Texans. He will go for an MRI Monday, Nov. 24.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2014 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group