You can never have too many options on offense. That is the exact situation the Jets will be facing when Santonio Holmes makes his long awaited regular season debut at the Meadowlands on Monday night against Minnesota.
The Jets versatility on offense was on display in last Sunday’s 38-14 dismantling of the Bills. LaDainian Tomlinson (133) and Shonn Greene (117) tore up the Bills front seven, while tight end Dustin Keller had a career day catching passes and touchdowns.
Enter Holmes, who Rex Ryan said might be the best player on the roster during an episode of “Hard Knocks”.
As excited as everyone in Jet world is about Holmes, however, there is the character issue to consider.
The Pittsburgh Steelers let him go for a reason. This is the same Steelers team that let Plaxico Burress walk. The Steelers are usually pretty good when it comes to character judgements. The Giants won a Super Bowl with Burress, but it was all downhill after that. After what Braylon Edwards put the team through, you can understand if there are some Jets fans who are keeping their fingers crossed that Holmes walks the straight and narrow.
On the football field, if Holmes is anything like the player he was in Pittsburgh in 2009 (79 rec, 1,248 yards, 5 TDs), adding him to the mix makes the Jets that much more dangerous. If there’s anyone out there who thinks Holmes will be rusty, think again.
Holmes played in the preseason and was in on all of the Jets offensive meetings this season. Ryan doesn’t believe Holmes will have an issue settling in. “He was here in meetings, so we shouldn’t miss a beat with him,” Ryan said. “To add a terrific player like Santonio to what we already have…its good.”
That may end up being a gross understatement, especially when you consider how much better Braylon Edwards has been since his DWI arrest and the emergence of Keller. Defenses have to really think twice about who to double team. Adding Holmes will allow the Jets to stretch the field even more. On paper, this is the best offense the Jets have had since the days of Freeman McNeil, Wesley Walker and Al Toon.
But that’s on paper. And paper doesn’t win games.