Kids dream of the ability to fly, or perhaps to turn invisible. New York-area wide receivers apparently dream of the superpower of throwing the football to themselves.
New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was asked about his lack of production following Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, in which he caught only one pass in 49 offensive snaps, and Holmes offered the perfectly reasonable explanation of physics.
“I played 49 plays and all I know is that I had one catch. That’s all I can attest for,’’ Holmes said to the New York media. “It’s the offense’s job. I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would.’’
This cannot be taken as anything but a shot at Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith. The same as when New York Giants receiver Hakeem Nicks two weeks ago, when he made a nearly identical statement after his goose egg in the loss to the Carolina Panthers, which was viewed as a shot across the bow of Eli Manning.
The difference with Holmes is that Smith is a rookie, and not on the firmest of ground after a tough game. But there's a good chance Smith won't be targeting Holmes at all Monday night against the Atlanta Falcons — he might miss the game because of a hamstring injury suffered in last week's loss.
Still, this is a me-first statement that offers little constructive help, even if it's true. This is nothing new for Holmes, who was at odds over his own health entering the season and seemed to leave his team in the lurch as far as his game readiness as they were breaking in the rookie Smith.
Keep this up, and Holmes might find himself throwing to himself more than any Jets quarterback throws to him after this season.