NY Jets' Santonio Holmes says Mark Sanchez is the 'team leader' and starting QB
NY Jets' Santonio Holmes says Mark Sanchez is the 'team leader' and starting quarterback
The wide receiver said he spoke to Sanchez on both Tuesday and Wednesday. 'Right now, Sanchez. That’s what we’re going with,' Holmes on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday.
By Seth Walder / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
John Idzik and Rex Ryan may be all about competition at the quarterback spot, but Santonio Holmes believes Mark Sanchez is the Jets’ starting QB.
“Right now, Sanchez. That’s what we’re going with,” Holmes on NBC Sports Network on Wednesday.
The wide receiver said he spoke to Sanchez on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Right now he’s going to continue being Mark Sanchez, the team leader. (He’s) just focused on helping the team.”
Sanchez is technically in a five-way competition for that job with Geno Smith, David Garrard, Greg McElroy and Matt Simms, although Ryan has said that Sanchez will get the first snap. Holmes supports Sanchez, but danced around a question about one of the Jets’ old quarterbacks, Tim Tebow. The wideout was asked to describe the Jets’ Tebow era in one word and Holmes responded, “That one I’m going to leave unanswered. I have no answer for that. I didn’t get a chance to play with Tim Tebow, so I can’t fully express myself about the situation.”
Holmes did play with Tebow through Week 4 when he was knocked out for the season with a Lisfranc foot injury, but clearly wasn’t going to take the bait on the recently cut Tebow.
The Jets’ best receiver classified his recovery from the injury as “day-to-day” and added he wouldn’t be able to play if there were a game this Sunday. “I probably wouldn’t try that at all,” Holmes said.
Holmes agreed to a pay cut earlier this season, reducing his salary from $11 million to $7.5 million. Holmes said he would have been on the Jets even if he hadn’t accepted the pay cut, but said he did it because, “I want to be here for the long-term and if it means helping out the team, I’m going to continue to help out the team in any way possible.”
WR/KR Josh Cribbs visited the Jets on Wednesday, according to a source.
The Jets discussed parameters of a deal but did not make a formal offer.
Cribbs, a free agent, has played all eight years of his career with the Browns and has four other visits lined up over the next two weeks. He nearly signed with the Cardinals but was not fully healed from arthroscopic knee surgery. For the Jets, Cribbs could contribute to their weak receiving corps but would be particularly valuable on special teams.
He has returned eight kickoffs and three punts back for touchdowns in his eight-year career, and lead the league in yards per kick return in 2007.
Should the Jets sign Cribbs, it would likely mean the end of Joe McKnight's time with the Jets. McKnight now has three running backs on the depth chart above him, and would no longer be needed as a return man.