New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes has had some maturity issues, but he is finally stepping in to the proper role of a veteran and giving the Jets offense some sense of leadership that they have been lacking. While Holmes may start the season on the physically unable to perform list, he is doing what he can to help the Jets prepare for the season.
According to the team’s receivers coach Sanjay Lal, Holmes has been stepping up and serving as a mentor for second-year receiver Stephen Hill. Lal says that he holds a meeting with the two receivers every morning and he has seen Holmes mentoring the young wideout first hand.
“What’s good about [Holmes] is I’ll give Stephen a technique,” Lal said, according to Brian Costello of the New York Post. “I’ll show it to him on film and then Tone gives a real-world example of when he’s used it. It really does reinforce my coaching. He’s been a great help.”
At this point, the Jets should be thrilled to hear any bit of positive news they can.
The team needs weapons on the offensive side of the ball for whoever the quarterback is, so if Holmes can motivate Hill to step up and eventually play at a high level when he returns, he could convince the Jets that he is worth keeping following the 2013 season.