New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes says that he feels ready to play this Sunday versus the Carolina Panthers at MetLife Stadium. Given his absence from the first two preseason games and the offensive ineptitude displayed by the Jets in those contests, that's welcome news to Jets fans. With Jeremy Kerley expected to be a game-time decision, the Jets might have something resembling their receiving corps this weekend.
The New York Jets need Santonio Holmes. He's one of the few true playmakers on the Jets offense, a big-time player that can change a game on any play. The Jets need him to give their offense an explosive element, which then elevates the play of the rest of the offense. The Jets still need to block better up front, and Santonio Holmes won't be able to help a whole lot there, but he does take the defenses's attention away from other areas.
With the Jets not scoring a touchdown through the first two preseason games, everyone is getting antsy. That means that everyone is anxiously awaiting the return of Santonio Holmes, who automatically gives the entire offense confidence in seeing him split out wide. There's a certain swagger associated with an offense that knows it has weapons. The Jets don't have that at this point, but with Santonio Holmes the Jets should be able to puff their chests out a bit offensively. Instead of Mark Sanchez looking out at Stephen Hill and bottom of the depth chart players, he will see a Super Bowl MVP (Santonio Holmes), Stephen Hill, and potentially Jeremy Kerley this weekend at wide receiver.
Is Santonio Holmes the cure-all for the ills of the Jets offense so far this preseason? Of course not. Game planning, better protection up front and Santonio Holmes could go a long way towards fixing some of the issues, however. The Jets have to hope that Austin Howard will make a difference at right tackle, and are especially hoping that the return of Santonio Holmes is a major source of change.
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