It’s only been three weeks, but with already two wins under his belt rookie signal-caller Geno Smith is quickly impressing his teammates and coaches. Top receiving target Santonio Holmes thinks the former West Virginia standout is exceeding all expectations.
“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised at all,” said Holmes of Smith’s early accomplishments. “I’m more excited to see the opportunity that he was given and the opportunity that he is taking advantage of right now.”
Holmes finished with a career-high 154 receiving yards including a game-winning 69-yard touchdown to seal the deal for New York last Sunday. As Jets’ fans rejoice that “Tone Time” is back in full force, Holmes stopped short of telling reporters that he’s back to Pro Bowl form.
”I won’t do that to myself,” mentioned Holmes. “I said I have a long ways to go. It’s only my third game back from a full year recovering. (I) didn’t have a lot of chances to practice up until this point and I still have a lot of learning and a lot of physical things to continue working on, such as staying in my rehab regimen. So, I still have a long ways to go.”
The 29-year-old has tallied nine receptions for 218 yards this season, but insists his focus isn’t on personal stats, but building chemistry and camaraderie with his quarterback
“I have to attack it as if I’m going to continue being a starter and a playmaker for this team,” said Holmes. “I can’t look at the numbers and base my production off the numbers. “I have to continue to stay healthy and with God’s will that if I can stay healthy throughout the season, who knows what’s going to be in store from this point on forward.”
Lost in the shuffle has been newly hired offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and his downfield attack. The Jets have been stretching the field like never before and Holmes couldn’t be happier.
“That was his reason for coming here,” said Holmes of Mornhinweg’s big play offense. “He felt like he had a group of guys that could really make a really big impact for this offense in stretching the ball down the field. That’s what we really have to believe in in this offense and I think the guys are believing in his philosophy and what he’s bringing to the table for us.”