Jets receiver Santonio Holmes has reported to training camp after taking some time off to care for his son, and he says his first day went better than expected.
“The first day was cool,” Holmes said. “I actually didn’t think I was going to be ready for it. I was doing a lot of traveling and a lot of family time and issues. I think it’s just a mental thing. I got back into the groove, I was ready to go. Coach had to pull me out of two-minute drill today because he was like ‘This is only your first day, you’re not fully in shape with the rest of the guys.’ So I had to watch myself a little bit, but the first day was great.”
Holmes’ son, an 8-year-old named Santonio III, recently had his spleen removed as a result of complications from sickle cell anemia.
“It was touching,” Holmes said. “Just knowing him being at the age of 8, having to deal with a surgery at that age, you kind of lose track of everything. I didn’t even think about football and all my attention was pulled towards him. I gave him all the support that he needed throughout the time.”
Holmes said he’s excited to be part of a wide receiver group that includes Jerricho Cotchery, Braylon Edwards and Laveranues Coles.
“We’re here to make plays and continue what we started back in OTAs and continue into training camp right now is a big start,” Holmes said. “It’s going to be fun.”