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Holmes looks healthy, feels at home in Jets' minicamp

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- While the Darrelle Revis contract situation may or may not evolve into a full-blown distraction, Santonio Holmes appears ready to pick up where he left off last season.

Indeed, it was appropriate that the final image of Holmes before the Jets head to training camp will likely be that of him walking off the practice field last Thursday and later declaring he'd participated in "too many reps."

Holmes told reporters he wasn't ready to participate in a full practice -- about 35 reps -- because he was behind in his conditioning after missing earlier organized team activities to participate in a goodwill tour visiting United States military troops in Germany.

Holmes, of course, ended last season pouting on the bench after he was yanked from the final series of the Jets' loss to the Dolphins on New Year's Day. This time around, Holmes said he wasn't injured, though he walked off the field slowly after taking between 20 and 25 reps and then missed the Jets' minicamp this week with a tight hamstring.

Holmes also said there was nothing more to his early exit than conditioning concerns, though he seemed to have a series of animated discussions with Jets coaches -- including new wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal -- and threw his helmet to the ground in apparent frustration.

"I'm happy that we started back, but I think catching up from the OTAs I missed, right now, I'm at OTA 5 and the team is at OTA 9 or 10, somewhere around that, and I got a lot of catching up to do," Holmes said. "So as much as I can, stick in my playbook and start back at where I missed as opposed to where these guys are right now."

Coach Rex Ryan said he didn't have a problem with Holmes pulling himself from the OTA and said it's not uncommon for veteran players to ask out of a practice session.

"I know he was scheduled for 'X' amount of reps and I know he wanted to take some of those off," Ryan told reporters. "And anytime a player tells you that-like Brandon Moore, I remember last year he finally said 'I just can't go today.' You have to just tell us. They know their bodies, and any time a player has tightness or whatever, we're not here to push you over. These are professional athletes and they know their bodies."

Holmes wasn't the only Jets wide receiver dealing with a hamstring injury at minicamp this week-far from it, in fact. Rookie wide receiver Stephen Hill sat out the minicamp with a tight hamstring while veterans Jeremy Kerley, Patrick Turner and Chaz Schilens and roster longshots Royce Pollard and DaMarcus Ganaway were all limited by hamstring issues.

The paucity of receivers didn't seem to sit well with Mark Sanchez, who implored his wideouts to get healthy.

"We've got to get them on the field," Sanchez said. "On paper, it looks great. But we've got to push each other to get healthy and stay healthy and take care of our bodies. We really need those guys out on the field, because it's an explosive group."
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