Santonio Holmes remains as the one proven playmaker for the New York Jets, the glue that holds together any hope for a competent offensive unit this season. The issue is whether Santonio Holmes will be able to hold up health-wise. Still recovering from a Lisfranc injury, Holmes is hoping that he will be ready to go when the Jets start the regular season at MetLife Stadium against Darrelle Revis and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Before he does that, he'll have to get on the practice field.
Santonio Holmes went down with an injury against the San Francisco 49ers last season, the New York Jets offense going down with him. Injuries expose a lack of depth, and "deep" wasn't associated with the 2012 Jets receiving corps, especially with Dustin Keller constantly hampered by his own injury issues. Keller is now in Miami, with Kellen Winslow, Jr. the odds-on favorite to start at tight end. That makes the rehabilitation of Santonio Holmes critical to the 2013 Jets offense.
"Once the season gets ready to start, hopefully I'll be ready to roll," Holmes said. "I don't have a target date. I'm just stating the facts that the season starts soon and I don't want to do anything to jeopardize myself for being ready for the season."
It's not exactly what you want to hear from the top receiving target on the team less than one week before training camp opens. As Holmes himself admits, Lisfranc injuries have ended careers, though he doesn't seem worried about being able to return to the field at some point. The Jets need him back sooner than later, and hopefully with some practice reps under his belt in Marty Mornhinweg's new offensive system.
There are plenty of questions concerning the offense: a new system, Mark Sanchez and his future with the team, the readiness of Geno Smith, replacing Dustin Keller and the status of Mike Goodson. The recovery of Santonio Holmes is just another unknown that will play out over the course of training camp and hopefully won't be an issue that extends into the regular season.