The Jets chose not to move on from Santonio Holmes this offseason, even though his Week 17 benching was a microcosm of the dysfunction that plagued the team down the stretch in 2011. On Thursday, some six weeks before the start of training camp, a frustrated Holmes took himself out of practice because he felt he was the victim of too many practice reps.
“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” said Holmes, who missed several voluntary workouts while visiting American troops in Germany (via the New York Post). “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”
Holmes’ comments were preceded by what ESPNNewYork.com Rich Cimini called a “mini-meltdown” as he limped off the field and tossed his helmet. The receiver said he was supposed get 35 practice reps but only made it through 20 or 25. It was the team’s ninth OTA practice but just the fifth session for Holmes.
Unlike January, however, when coach Rex Ryan admitted that he needed to fix his locker room, there were no such concerns in light of what happened on the practice field Thursday, particularly if a player is concerned about injury.
“If he thinks he’d be stretching it to give five or 10 extra reps, you have to be smart about it,” Ryan said. “If a guy thinks he’s tight … you don’t want a guy pulling (a muscle). He knows his body better than anybody.”
[via CBS Sports]