MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 01: Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets looks on during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on January 1, 2012 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
The New York Jets face the Miami Dolphins Sunday in the first of two matchups this season Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes seems to think the New York passing game will have an easy day against the Dolphins defense. "With our skills and our speed, we should really take advantage of those guys," Holmes told ESPN yesterday.
Holmes seems to have forgotten his January 1 performance against the Dolphins to end last season. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez targeted Holmes just one time during the game, and Holmes was benched in the fourth quarter. He finished the game with no receptions, the only time in his 90 game career he has not made one catch.
After that game, then Jets teammate LaDanian Tomlinson said the team felt like Holmes had not put forth the effort needed, and that his demeanor and body language had "upset" them. A source inside the team told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Holmes had quit on the team.
"We'd like to get an upper edge and advantage against those guys early, so now they have to come out and defend us and play us in a respectable manner," Holmes continued yesterday.
Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers, Sanchez went 10-for-27 for 138 yards with one touchdown. He targeted Holmes 11 times, completing three for 28 yards and the touchdown.
The Dolphins secondary features starting cornerbacks Sean Smith and Richard Marshall, with safeties Reshad Jones and Chris Clemons. Miami will also use cornerbacks Nolan Carroll and R.J. Stanford, along with safety/cornerback Jimmy Wilson.