The Jets and Giants share a stadium in New Jersey and it seems that wide receivers from the two teams are also sharing talking points.
After the Giants were crushed by the Panthers in Week Three, Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks said “I can’t throw it to myself” when asked about not having any catches in that game. That explains the familiar ring to Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes’ response to a similar question on Thursday about his one catch against the Titans in last Sunday’s loss.
“I can’t throw it to myself and catch it, otherwise I would,” Holmes said, via Seth Walder of the New York Daily News. “I played 49 plays, and all I know is I had one catch. That’s all I can attest for. I just have to do my part, which is the position that I’m playing, which is primary X receiver, and a lot of times I get double-covered, taken out of plays, so the progression and the read from the quarterback have to go elsewhere.”
Holmes was targeted five times last weekend with three throws falling incomplete and one getting intercepted. For the season, Holmes has been targeted a team-high 24 times and has 10 catches.
The frequently cranky receiver also answered a question about what he saw from Geno Smith in the game by saying that he saw the Jets lost the game. The comments call to mind the ugly end of the 2011 season when Holmes was benched for arguing with his teammates in the huddle, although things are less testy this time around. This week’s round comes ahead of a Monday night game against the Falcons that Holmes is likely to miss because of a hamstring injury. Perhaps the time off will give him a chance to come up with a way to throw the ball to himself.