These are nice to hear and all but these are they typical offseason lovefest articles that don't mean a helluva a lot.
That being said, I'm not surprised to hear a lot of the stuff that Lal is saying about Holmes. While I have no doubt that he has true elements of the self-centered SOB that we saw at the end of the season, its not that simple to paint him with that brush and leave it alone.
We saw some very good stuff from him on Hard Knocks. He spent a lot of time with Joe McKnight talking to him about how to act, how to run a route and it really seemed like he was spending time on the technical side of the game. Not just a dude going through the motions just looking for a pay check.
I think there are elements of truth to the point that Lal is making - competitive athletes want the ball. And they want to win. Holmes came off as a cancer last year, and probably deservedly so. But, that doesn't necessarily mean that he is/will be a cancer to this team for the long term. He probably made some mistakes and decisions that he wishes he hadn't done. But, its very possible to move on from that and while these positive articles aren't really dispositive of anything, we certainly may see a very effective Santonio Holmes this year. Granted, its also possible that his true colors are that he's an ahole and that will come back - I think its likely, though, that the ahole side isn't the true Holmes. Only time will tell though.