It’s easy to think Santonio Holmes is all about me, myself and I. But that really isn’t the case. Sure, he’s careful not be rushed back from injuries, which is his right. And he also has had occasion to sulk if the ball isn’t thrown his way enough. But Holmes views himself as a leader, a veteran with knowledge to pass on to younger players such as Stephen Hill, whose career with the Jets hit a speed bump this week with the news coach Rex Ryan is “disappointed” in his development and his practice reps could be limited in preparation for the game Sunday in Baltimore. Holmes’ message on Thursday was: It’s too early for anyone to give up on Hill, the second-year wide receiver from Georgia Tech, who has been slow to reach the potential the Jets saw in him when they selected him in the second round of the 2012 draft. The Jets insist they haven’t given up on the receiver and expect him to be a factor against the Ravens on Sunday. The coaching staff says practice reps have been limited to preserve him for Sunday. “We’re trying to help him help this team and to get him to the game a little fresher so he can play at a high level,” offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. The hope is less practice can produce more in the game. Hill is second on the team with 23 receptions for 340 yards and one touchdown, but has struggled with his route running and drops. Holmes has stepped up his role as mentor to keep Hill’s spirits up and his focus on improving. “His thing is just adapting to the opportunities that he’s being presented,” Holmes said. “We talk about so many things on how he can be a great receiver and how he can adapt to running his routes and making a few changes here and there. He just has to take his opportunities and embrace them.” Holmes is working on the same less-is-more plan. He had limited participation in practice Thursday while nursing injuries to his foot and hamstring. He said he expects to play Sunday, but said his practice time will be monitored for the remainder of the season.
Holmes trying to help Hill climb to new heights
New York Post | Nov 22