Healthy Holmes ready to go

<P><STRONG>Kenny Holmes </STRONG>just wants to play football. </P>

He's had both his knee and his pride injured since signing with New York last off-season, but he vows not to let it bother him.

Holmes, playing on an injured knee almost all season, underachieved last year after inking a four-year, $20 million deal with New York. Enough so that Holmes was left unprotected during February's Expansion Draft. Making matters worse, Holmes found out that he was left exposed from TGI, before anyone from the Giants contacted him.

"Hey, it's a business," he said, admitting that he was bothered by how the off-season was handled. "That's their right. But if I wasn't going to play here, I would definitely be playing somewhere."

Holmes avoided off-season knee surgery, but only by the slimmest of margins. "We were planning on it," he said. "But instead we tried a six-week rehab type deal and that worked out."

He says he'll be full strength by the time training camp rolls around. Holmes missed some time during the off-season due to previous commitments to various charities, but is now in town for good.

"I just want to get better," he said. "I wasn't happy with last year; not happy at all."

One of the things Holmes was most unhappy with was how he was used and what he was asked to do in John Fox's defensive scheme. Holmes figures to benefit from the installation of new coordinator Johnnie Lynn's gameplan, which figures to be much less complicated.

"They pretty much wanted me to do what Michael [Strahan] did," Holmes said. "That's impossible. I can't play like he does and honestly he couldn't play like I do."

Added MLB Micheal Barrow. "Everyone sees what Strahan was doing and they just told Kenny to do the same things. It just doesn't work like that."

Now it's time for Holmes to make it work, the only way that he knows.

"I'm going to play my way and have fun," he said. "Football's a game, it's supposed to be fun."

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