Seemingly far from top form and full health, Santonio Holmes proved himself and the doubters wrong with a turn back the clock performance on Sunday afternoon against the Buffalo Bills. Holmes burned the Bills' secondary repeatedly; making catch after catch that reminded fans of the player they brought in during the 2012 offseason.
"Santonio had the most yards receiving of his career, which is unbelievable," said Rex Ryan postgame. "154 yards receiving, you figure, I figured he did that against me four or five times, but 154 yards receiving is pretty impressive."
The damage inflicted to the porous Bills secondary was mostly done deep down the field. Holmes and Geno Smith connected on a 69-yard touchdown pass immediately after the Bills had tied the game at 20, which would give the Jets the lead for good.
"Our job is to go out and make plays and Geno (Smith) gave me an opportunity to make the play," said Holmes. "I think that the defense was unaware that he was even throwing me the ball at that time. The ball landed in the perfect place for me to get a chance to catch it. The rest is in the history books."
Last week Holmes told reporters that he wasn't that close to 100 percent, but those feelings can change in an instant when you have one of the most productive games of your career.
"We're still working on it, admitted Holmes of his LisFranc recovery. "I've got rehab and treatments tomorrow. But I definitely feel really good right now." "He might not be 100 percent, but he's pretty darn good," said Ryan. "He's a great receiver. He really didn't have any work in minicamp or training camp, so he's just getting there now," said Ryan. "We all know – every Jets fan knows – what kind of player he is when he's healthy. We're starting to see that now. He had a huge day today. It might have been the difference in the game." The game showcased that Holmes may have something left in the tank and that offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may be the reason for that.
"Honestly, we'll give a lot of credit to Coach Marty (Mornhinweg) for calling the right plays for us and putting us in the right situations," said Holmes. "With Geno's poise, he can be as great as he wants to be. His opportunity is definitely something that we're going to look forward to for a long time."
That communication is something that has not been evident between Holmes and the past couple of offensive coordinators. Being on the same wavelength this season could be a huge boon to the production of Holmes and the rest of the Jets offense.