EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Santonio Holmes, who missed two straight practices before Sunday, might have done more jogging for trainers on the field than he did running in the game.
“It was coach’s decision,” Holmes said. “(I had) limited plays coming off an injury. We wanted to monitor that and make sure everything is OK for the rest of the season.”
Holmes is the Jets' highest-paid offensive skill player currently on the active roster, but he hasn’t been playing like it. After surgeries to repair a season-ending Lisfranc injury last year, Holmes missed five games this season and hasn’t been that productive during the past two, despite being technically active.
Coach Rex Ryan said the hamstring has bothered Holmes more than the foot at this point, and hasn’t said there was a setback in his rehab. Holmes, for his part, responds that he feels good whether he is inactive, practicing or able to play.
The only way to get an accurate picture is by watching him play, and Sunday there wasn’t much to see.
As Holmes has stalled, so has the offense, which didn’t score a passing touchdown in the month of November.
“It’s disappointing.,” Holmes said. “We work really hard during the week. We work on our red zone offense. We pride ourselves on scoring touchdowns. In the beginning of the season we were in the top 5 or top 10 through the first part of the season, and suddenly we have a big dropoff. We definitely have to get back to the drawing board and figure out how we keep this thing going.”