The initial word isn’t definitive, as is its nature, but one thing is clear from the mouth of head coach Rex Ryan: Holmes will be out for at least one week.
That’s what Ryan told the locusts of the New York media, although whether there should be optimism or pessimism associated with the rest of his words remains unclear, as the Jets still aren’t sure of a specific timetable for Holmes’ return, hinting strongly at a multiple-game absence. The X-rays came back negative, which usually means fun times, but perhaps not here. Ryan ruled out damage to the Achilles’, but greeted a question about the dreaded Lisfranc injury that sidelined Matt Schaub last year with a more tentative response, offering only an “it’s hard to say.”
That’s troubling for those who were hoping to get decent bench production from Holmes during bye weeks, but really, isn’t your first problem the fact that you were hoping to get any respectable production at all from Holmes? So far this year through three healthy games his Week 3 production (nine catches for 147 yards) is a steep outlier when put next to the first two weeks, and his combined seven catches for 96 yards during that span.
When healthy he retains value as the top receiver in the Jets’ offense and their only experienced deep threat. But how much are you really expecting from any receiver on a passing offense that’s in ruins? Through a quarter of the season the Jets are averaging just 197.5 passing yards per game, and they’ve completed only nine passes for 20 yards or more. The epicenter of the failure is Mark Sanchez’s arm and his passer rating that now resides at 69.6 overall after sinking to 39.9 during yesterday’s implosion against the 49ers, a game in which his yards per attempt tumbled to a Colt McCoy-ish low of 3.6.
Actually, that’s an insult to Colt McCoy. Sorry, Colt.
The reality is that even if Holmes was healthy, no one who isn’t named Dustin Keller is start-able right now on the Jets’ offense, and he’s not even healthy. The eight people in two QB leagues who were thinking of using Sanchez out of desperation during bye weeks need to look elsewhere now with three of his top options (Holmes, Keller, and rookie Stephen Hill, who was also out yesterday with a hamstring injury) either hurting, or unable to play for the foreseeable future.
If it’s a flier you’re looking for, look Ryan Tannehill’s way. He’s widely available, and although expecting a repeat of yesterday will only lead to crushing disappointment, Tannehill’s receivers are beginning to showcase their upside, and he’s getting far more backfield support from Reggie Bush. Shonn Greene is averaging 2.8 yards per carry, and he simply doesn’t look like a starting NFL running back anymore.
Oh also, this…