Today we continue our series of evaluating how each player on the Jets performed this past season, along with looking forward to what their role on the team will be next year…up today, wide receiver Santonio Holmes
Stat Line – 52 receptions, 746 yards, 6 touchdowns
Playoff Stat Line – 9 receptions, 127 yards, 2 touchdowns
Best Moment – This isn’t an easy selection, considering Holmes had three game winning catches this season. However, I am going with his touchdown against New England in the divisional round of the playoffs. The Patriots had just cut the score to 14-11 and the Jets were facing a third and goal. If they had to settle for a field goal (also keep in mind Nick Folk had already missed a chip shot), who knows how that fourth quarter could have went? Fortunately, Holmes made an immensely difficult catch to extend the Jets lead to 21-11.
Best Game – Holmes put on a show against the Houston Texans in week 11, pulling in 7 receptions for 126 yards and 2 touchdowns, including the game winner.
Overall Evaluation – Holmes was the clutch playmaker the Jets traded for last off-season. He did have occasional drops and lost two fumbles, yet overall brought a big play dimension to an offense that has been lacking it for years. When the game was on the line this past season, Holmes consistently stepped up his game and provided some of the year’s most memorable moments. (A-)
Future – Holmes received a first and third round tender from the team last week. The team will now work on locking him down to a long term contract. The reports have been pretty consistent about Holmes being the Jets top free agent priority now that David Harris is franchised. I would anticipate seeing Holmes in Green and White for the foreseeable future.