It was a rough week for the wide receivers of the New York Jets -- seven days of living with last week's disastrous, six-drop nightmare against the Green Bay Packers.
It wasn't all that smooth Sunday, either, as Jerricho Cotchery dropped two more balls (he had three last week) and Braylon Edwards lost a fumble after a short reception. But, in the end, the wideouts delivered the two biggest plays of the game:
A 74-yard touchdown catch by Edwards in the second quarter and a 52-yard catch and run by Holmes, setting up Nick Folk's game winner in OT.
"Wow," Rex Ryan said of Holmes' play. "Somebody caught him from behind and I'm like, 'What the heck did that kid run in the 40?'"
That kid was MLB Deandre Levy, pretty darn fast for a linebacker.
On Edwards' play, it was a simple 'go' route, and he torched CB Alphonso Smith. Mark Sanchez made a brilliant throw, a pass that traveled about 65 yards in the air.
"That's the kind of thing we can do consistently -- just throw the ball up and let guys make plays," Edwards said. "That's the kind of stuff that we can do if we relax, if we don't press the issue."
There was a subtle shakeup at receiver, as Holmes started for Cotchery and, for the first time, logged more playing time than the longtime starter. Unofficially, Holmes played 51 snaps, Cotchery 40. Without announcement or fanfare, the Jets have made a change at receiver.
And Cotchery is OK with it.
"He's playing more and more," Cotchery said of Holmes. "He has to play more even if it takes some snaps away from me. I'm good with it."
Cotchery finished with two catches for 29 yards, Holmes five for 114 and Edwards three for 78.