Santonio Holmes is the headline name among Jets receivers. His return to the field yesterday for the first time since Sept. 30 drew attention and presented an encouraging sign for a Jets offense starving for play-making targets to aid rookie quarterback Geno Smith. Holmes caught one of the three passes thrown toward him for 13 yards in Sunday’s 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The more significant participant in the Jets’ passing attack Sunday however was Kellen Winslow the tight end also making a return of sorts. Winslow played in just one game last season and caught one pass for 12 yards before severing ties with the New England Patriots. He was out of football until the Jets scooped him up this summer and signed him to a one-year contract. The move for one game at least has reflected well on first-year general manager John Idzik. Winslow caught seven of the eight passes thrown toward him by Smith on Sunday. He gained 79 yards and scored the Jets’ lone touchdown. The tight end position is a focal point in the Jets’ new offense and Winslow helped Smith in his first professional start. "My job is to be there for him catch the ball and make plays for him" Winslow said. With the Jets down 14-5 with under a minute remaining in the first half Smith rolled right on a second-and-16. Winslow popped open and caught a pass for 18 yards. After a timeout Smith found Winslow again. He slid past a defender into an open window in the end zone for a 7-yard touchdown. "We’re getting there" Winslow said of his connection with Smith. "I wouldn’t even call it chemistry. It takes time. This was our first game together." On the Jets’ last possession a chaotic drive as the clock ticked toward the final whistle Winslow again flashed open. This time he was in the middle of the field and collected the pass for a 25-yard gain.
Santonio Holmes starts, but Kellen Winslow is Jets' top receiver in victory over Buccaneers
Newark Star-Ledger | Sep 9