After missing the first four games of the 2010 season with the New York Jets, Santonio Holmes responded over the final 12 games with 52 receptions for 746 yards and 6 touchdowns. That production brought high expectations for 2011. However, Holmes would disappoint those expecting big things, catching less passes (51) for less yards (654) while playing all sixteen games.
Santonio wasn’t just a disappoint on the field (and for fantasy owners). He reportedly became a locker room distraction.
“He went back and forth with Mark at the meeting,” the source said. “He was saying stuff like, “What am I even here for?” Then he blew off Mark by not even showing up the next day.”
Holmes did not catch a pass in [a Week 17 loss to] Miami, the first he time he’s been shut out in his career. He was targeted only once. A source told the News that Holmes wasn’t paying attention to Sanchez in the huddle as early as the second quarter. At halftime, Holmes was “moping in front of his locker,” according to a source.
“He’s a cancer,” one player said. “It’s like dealing with a 10 year old.”
Holmes got into shouting matches in the huddle on two consecutive series in the fourth quarter. Players were upset that Holmes appeared disinterested and not even listening to Sanchez in the huddle.
It’s beginning to look like things haven’t changed heading the 2012 season. Holmes staged a “mini-meltdown” during workings this week.
Santonio Holmes made it until the final practice of OTAs before reminding the New York Jets of the drama that seems to perpetually follow the emotional wide receiver.
Holmes pulled himself out of practice Thursday after deciding coaches were working him too hard in his return to the field following a USO trip to Germany.
“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said, referring to new wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”
So Holmes is essentially stating that he is unable to perform the job that his team is paying him millions of dollars to do. To hear a professional athlete complain about being overworked in practice is borderline absurd. I’m not exactly sure Santonio was in his right mind after making that statement. Maybe he was suffering from a bit a jetlag. Whatever the case may be, the New York Jets and their fans should be concerned with whether or not their star receiver will put his best foot forward during the upcoming season.