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Santonio sees himself as a great fit in Chicago

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes walks off the field after Jets training camp practice in Cortland, New York Reuters

New Bears receiver Santonio Holmes hit the practice field in Chicago for the first time today, and he likes the way he fits in the offense.

“Oh, man, I’m excited,” Holmes said. “I’m really going to embrace this opportunity and take advantage of it. I think it’s a great group for me to be around. . . . Being around a group of receivers who have great experience and a quarterback who’s willing to lead his team and lead by example, I think this is the best fit for me.”

Bears coach Marc Trestman said the Bears think enough of Holmes to give him a shot.

“He’s got experience, he’s an excellent route runner, he’s got good hands, he understands the game at this level, and he had a workout that was relevant enough for us to bring him in here and give him an opportunity to help us,” Trestman said.

Absent from Trestman’s comments was any guarantee that Holmes will make the team: The 30-year-old Holmes has to prove he’s still a good player if he’s going to be a Bear when the season starts. But if Holmes is the same kind of player he was at his best, he could be a great third receiver on a team that already has one of the NFL’s best pairs of starters in Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery. It’s easy to see why Holmes looks like a great fit as a third receiver for the Bears.

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34 Responses to “Santonio sees himself as a great fit in Chicago”
  1. johnnyfreakinfootball says: Aug 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, and now Santonio Holmes…those weapons are an offensive coordinator’s wet dream.

  2. nykfanwakemeupin2015 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    See himself as a great fit with anyone who will give me a pay check

  3. raji1824 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:09 PM

    Ofcourse he does…. HE does

  4. electricboogalo says: Aug 18, 2014 7:15 PM

    The Care Bears are going to make the pre-season playoffs!

  5. We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:17 PM

    He is a great fit. Chicago loves to pick up guys who hit girls in the face with a mug because they won’t get up from “their” seat. Steelers release these types.

    #standards

  6. alshonsmeathooks says: Aug 18, 2014 7:18 PM

    wouldn’t make the roster if Marquess Wilson was healthy

  7. r8rsfan says: Aug 18, 2014 7:19 PM

    The guy who tweeted “wake and bake” really deserves no podium to speak from.

  8. cfos00 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    I don’t really see any downside in bringing him in. If plays well and makes the team, he’s a great number 3/4/5 option in the passing game. He doesn’t need to be ‘the guy’ and it’s not like our slot wrs were lighting the world up as it was. I like it, and hope he takes the chance seriously. He has to know it’s one of his last chances in the league.

  9. mazenblue says: Aug 18, 2014 7:30 PM

    johnnyfreakinfootball says: Aug 18, 2014 7:04 PM

    Brandon Marshall, Alshon Jeffrey, Martellus Bennett, Matt Forte, and now Santonio Holmes…those weapons are an offensive coordinator’s wet dream.

    ………………………………..
    Except the Santonio part when he dont get his way. Or the pass he thought he should have had when he was open. Dude has been that crybaby at every stop. Chicago is no different. Gonna be quick with th relationship Cutler and Marshall have. If anything, this is bad. Good for my Lions tho. They like pushing Cutler down.

  10. mazenblue says: Aug 18, 2014 7:32 PM

    We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says: Aug 18, 2014 7:17 PM

    He is a great fit. Chicago loves to pick up guys who hit girls in the face with a mug because they won’t get up from “their” seat. Steelers release these types.

    #standards
    …………………………
    great post

  11. realitycheckbaby says: Aug 18, 2014 7:35 PM

    Didn’t he get benched by the Jets for quitting on a Dolphins game?

    Oh yeah, he’ll fit right in with their QB.

  12. rickgjags says: Aug 18, 2014 8:06 PM

    “Shocking”

  13. harrisonhits2 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:19 PM

    They’re the only team willing to pay him, of course he sees it as a great fit.

  14. ariani1985 says: Aug 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    Who doesn’t want to play against the hapless green bay defense?

  15. wasram says: Aug 18, 2014 8:45 PM

    Steelers standards? Did they release Big Ben yet? How quickly we forget.

  16. jtm12180 says: Aug 18, 2014 9:12 PM

    wasram…except Ben is innocent while Santonio actually did it

  17. mortwannabe says: Aug 18, 2014 9:16 PM

    Ya Big Ben is the poster child for how to treat a women. #steelernostandards

  18. bigbearsclaw says: Aug 18, 2014 9:19 PM

    Good comment wasram, I hope Holmes makes the team and everyone else eat what they’ve spit. It would be rather funny.

  19. thetooloftools says: Aug 18, 2014 10:25 PM

    I hope he has learned something. So far he’s not scratched the surface of his true ability.

  20. calvinthegreat82 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:29 PM

    mazenblue is just another butthurt Lions fan that knows his team sucks and he hates on the Bears cuz they dominate the Lions.

    He is one of the guys that keeps repeating that the Lions swept the Bears last year, but leaves out the part about the Lions finishing behind the Bears in the division.

    Obviously he’s worried cuz the Bears are stacked with weapons and all the have is Calvin.

    Cutler > Stafford

    Forte > Fumble Bush

    Marshall + Jeffery > Calvin + anyone on that team

    Bennett > Rookie big mouth who drops everything.

    Holmes > Tate or any of those bench riding WR’s

  21. emphraser says: Aug 18, 2014 10:32 PM

    Everyone knows what Big Ben is, it’s just sad his beloved fans think our view’s blocked by a steel curtain.

    #SteelDrapes

  22. championshipcentral says: Aug 18, 2014 10:35 PM

    @wasram

    So true

  23. largent80100 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:38 PM

    Slantonio said that then left the interview with a foot injury.

  24. neverwave says: Aug 18, 2014 10:39 PM

    @wasram no conviction, jail time
    …how quickly you forgot. hate on…..

  25. chris6523 says: Aug 18, 2014 10:40 PM

    Hmm. I expected him to say that he thought he wouldn’t fit in with the Bears at all.

  26. cribbage12 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:32 PM

    So does Barack Obama….

  27. codythao35 says: Aug 18, 2014 11:42 PM

    Of course, he’s better than what clowns in WI have on their roster. I mean all busted players on roster.

  28. The Almighty Cabbage says: Aug 19, 2014 12:03 AM

    ariani1985 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 8:24 PM

    Who doesn’t want to play against the hapless green bay defense?

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    The Vikings.

  29. zerochampionshipsmustsuck says: Aug 19, 2014 12:14 AM

    There goes Ariani with her Packer envy again! Go Bears 1985 SB Champs!

  30. nyneal says: Aug 19, 2014 12:42 AM

    ariani1985 — Your Bears defense was so bad against the run last year that RB’s who’ve been out of the league 20 years were asking teams to sign them to play you.
    In case you’ve forgotten, the Bears gave up 60 more points last year than the Packers.
    And remind me — who won the division again last year? Case closed.

  31. sportsfan18 says: Aug 19, 2014 1:26 AM

    We, the Steelers, support the immediate relocation of the Bills, Raiders, Vikings, Jaguars, Buccaneers, Rams, Ravens, Chargers, Colts, and Cardinals. Their current cities are an embarrassment to the NFL and the game Pittsburgh invented. #6 says:
    Aug 18, 2014 7:17 PM
    He is a great fit. Chicago loves to pick up guys who hit girls in the face with a mug because they won’t get up from “their” seat. Steelers release these types.

    #standards

    23 123
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Uh, the Steelers release them unless they play quarterback…

  32. fazsha says: Aug 19, 2014 1:44 AM

    Nobody does the deep research on Holmes but me. The charges with the girl in the bar were dropped; the officer said the girl was caressing Holmes’ face after the incident, which you wouldn’t do if Holmes was the thrower. As for Holmes smoking marijuana a few years back – ok, jeez, the only wideout who’s ever done that. As for “quitting” on the Dolphins game, it’s more like they quit on him. He was pulled in the final series after being frustrated because he was only targeted once the entire game, and did not catch a pass in that game, the only time that has happened in his entire career. If you have Larry Fitzgerald on your team and you don’t throw him the ball and he gets mad, do you call Fitzgerald a quitter for getting mad? That’s what they did to Tone.

  33. robertlseverson says: Aug 19, 2014 5:15 AM

    Bears fans should pray to every deity known to the annals of history that SO is identified as the locker room cancer he has always been and removed before the team’s chemistry is destroyed.

  34. newtoallthis23 says: Aug 19, 2014 8:42 AM

    If the Bears really didn’t need him they wouldn’t have signed him. Remember if he is on the roster the first week his salary is guaranteed. He is not washed up and may make this offense even better. If my career or pay check depended on how many catches I made, I’d complain too if wasn’t getting any, otherwise, why should a team keep a player? Da

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