No one expects Santonio Holmes to graduate from petulant fool to fully grown, mature adult in just one offseason. That’s a lot to ask of a sulking child-man whose actions in the final game of a Jets season rife with underachievement represented the height of their chaos in the locker room.

But we have one simple, easy request: don’t play your ironic games and confuse us, Santonio. Just try to make sense.

Holmes has been away on a USO tour in Germany, which means he’s missed much of the Jets’ offseason workouts, and Thursday’s session was just his fifth so far. You’d think that a wide receiver who’s spent the offseason repeatedly tossing buckets of water on the simmering fire that is his relationship with Mark Sanchez would want to jump right in and catch up for lost time after missing the first handful of OTAs.

And if you thought that, you don’t know Holmes very well. He wanted to work, he just didn’t want to work too hard. When he was given 20 to 25 reps that was too much, and he complained about being overworked during his first day at practice.

Yep, this happened.

“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand it was too many reps today,” Holmes said. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full tempo like the rest of the guys and where they want us to be at.”

At first Holmes’ reasoning sounds legitimate. He’s been away, and risking an injury during a June workout when his muscles may not be in prime condition is senseless.

Fair enough, Santonio, play it safe. But here’s where you’re losing us, and likely many Jets fans. You’re complaining about being too involved in an offense and a practice after sulking and complaining about not being involved nearly enough at the end of last season.

Yes, it was an offseason practice, not a game. But for a dysfunctional Jets team, these practices take on more meaning as the offense attempts to function as a full unit again, and chemistry is rebuilt with quarterback Mark Sanchez. To earn that greater involvement once football becomes meaningful again, being involved now in a greater capacity is essential.

This will hopefully, maybe, and probably be looked upon as a minor misstep for Holmes. He’s worked out with Sanchez privately in Orlando, and he’ll be attending Sanchez’s “Jets West” camp at his old high school in California, so he’s making progress.

The blueprint has been laid out for change and success. Now it’s just time to work, something Holmes isn’t quite ready for yet.

And now the links part of the links post…

  • The Giants are visiting the White House today, and in the latest example of America’s unquenchable thirst to make money off of absurdity, Vegas is taking bets on whether or not the president will salsa with Victor Cruz. This won’t end well. [Mike Garafolo]
  • If you thought the Dolphins cheerleaders wearing bikinis in all their horrible lip-syncing glory earlier this week was awesome, go watch this hula hooping Eagles girl for three minutes. Dare you to watch it twice. [KSK]
  • Also filed under awesome: the story of Brian Banks. Even more awesome? Pete Carroll getting the first chance to have Banks into an NFL facility for a workout. [Shutdown Corner]
  • Information is beginning to trickle out regarding what really led to Joe Banner’s exit–or partial exit for now–in Philadelphia yesterday. To the surprise of no one, it seems Andy Reid may have won a power struggle. [Jeff McLane]
  • DAILY BREES UPDATE: there’s a new proposal on the table from the Saints, but no deal is imminent. [Jeff Triplett]
  • DAILY PHILOSOPHY LESSON: so what exactly is a Super Bowl favorite? Also, what is love? Answer me, Siri. [Niners Nation]
  • Andre Carter has been poking around the Patriots’ facility, and there’s still a strong possibility that he’ll be re-signed. [Boston Herald]
  • There’s a figurative ball in Cliff Avril’s figurative court. [Pride of Detroit]

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