Whether it's the health of his surgically repaired foot or the unpredictability of his truck, Santonio Holmes can't seem to catch a break. Before camp even started Holmes had trouble making the trip up to Cortland, N.Y.
"It was a three-hour drive that didn't go so well for me," said Holmes. "My Cadillac truck broke down on the way, so I was kind of late for meetings, but it was excusable for the ride and for the time being."
Holmes is recovering from two surgeries that he had in the offseason to repair the Lisfranc foot injury he suffered at the hands of the San Francisco 49ers in Week 4 of the 2012 season. He has recently said that he can't comment on whether he will return this season.
"I have to be careful and take it one day at a time," said Holmes concerning his rehab. "That's all I can do right now, worry about today, and when tomorrow comes, go in and do everything possible (with) rehab and treatments, and show up on the practice field and do the things that I do when I'm not working, which is catching the ball, going through drills, keeping my playbook close to me and learning these plays."
Regardless, it is his goal to return this season and make an impact. He has already stated that his inability to be on the field has not affected his study sessions or his ability to help the younger wide receivers. With the addition of veteran wide out Braylon Edwards some of that responsibility will be doled out to the nine-year veteran.
"He's been around for nine years. He's a veteran. He's a leader," said Holmes on Edwards. "He's a big playmaker. And I think (adding) those attributes to this team right now and he's a guy that I know Mark (Sanchez) is comfortable with."