The Jets offense was dreadful again on Sunday, leading to a change at quarterback and a third straight loss that all but snuffed out whatever playoff dreams might have still been lingering in their heads.
That loss came without much participation from wide receiver Santonio Holmes and tight end Kellen Winslow as neither veteran saw much time at all during the game. Afterwards, Winslow, who had three catches on Sunday, said that he doesn’t “know how to feel” about a role that was dropping before his four-game PED suspension and has diminished even more upon his return other than to say that it isn’t “my place” to lobby for more playing time.
“My job is to make plays. When my number is called, I make plays,” Winslow said, via the Newark Star-Ledger. “And when it’s not I try and help other guys and that’s all I can do. Some things you just can’t control and I don’t know what to say.”
Holmes was listed as questionable with the hamstring injury that has bothered him for most of the season, but the Jets gave no indication that he’d be limited to playing on just two snaps on Sunday. Holmes said after the game that the team’s coaches hadn’t told him their plans to cut his playing time to the bone, but said he “can’t go against the coaches at all.” Still, it’s curious why they’d bother to dress Holmes without any plans to play him.
The Jets’ offense might not be anything to write home about even with a fully healthy Holmes and Winslow playing bigger roles in the offense, but it would almost certainly be a better one than what we’ve seen for much of this season. Geno Smith bears the brunt of the blame as the quarterback and he deserves much of the criticism he receives, but the Jets have so little talent at the skill positions that there aren’t too many quarterbacks who would thrive in the same situation.