New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes is expected to play on Sunday, but that expectation could change quickly. Although it is unlikely that Holmes has suffered a setback or anything, ESPN’s Josina Anderson tweeted that Santonio Holmes did not practice today after being listed as a limited participant yesterday. The Jets are likely just managing his practice time as he heads into the opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but it is still possible for Holmes to miss Week 1. This team needs Holmes to be healthy for the opener, and I’m guessing that holding him out of practice today was merely a precaution.
Geno Smith is getting the start under center thanks in part to Mark Sanchez’s shoulder injury, and it sounds like Smith has a clean bill of health. Per the Jets official Twitter account, head coach Rex Ryan stated of Smith, “Geno’s got a good grasp of our system… He’s moving around more like before ankle injury.”
The ankle injury was pointed out as one of the main reasons why Smith struggled so much in the preseason, and you have to wonder if the Jets simply didn’t manage the injury properly at first. That doesn’t matter now, as Smith is locked in as the starter, looks healthy, and Sanchez is currently out with what could be a severe shoulder injury. Ryan’s comments on Smith understanding the system should be encouraging for Jets fans, but I’m not sure if some Jets fans will be taking that statement seriously. Smith will likely start in Week 2 against the New England Patriots, so the game against the Bucs is important for him to build confidence heading into a prime-time rivalry game against a defense that does a better job of creating turnovers.
Santonio Holmes isn’t the best receiver around, but he’s the best playmaker among the Jets wideouts and his absence would certainly hurt Smith in his debut.