Recovery has been a long process for Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who suffered a Lisfranc foot injury in Week 4 last season that caused him to miss 12 games.
But the slow pace has been by design for Holmes, who spoke with reporters Saturday during the uSTADIUM "Flags for Foundations" charity event on Roosevelt Island.
A portion of the proceeds will benefit Holmes' III and Long Foundation, which assists those suffering from sickle cell anemia.
"We've been doing quite a bit of things in rehab and it's starting to get better," Holmes said. "I think that's all the coaches and trainers are looking forward for me to do is to continue to make progress today and not have any setbacks by moving too fast."
Holmes, who has been running on a treadmill three times a week, said there's no timetable for a return.
"The season doesn't start until September and we definitely have to take our time and be ready to go when the bell rings," Holmes said.
Holmes might begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, but he remains confident he'll play at some point.
"Mentally, that's all I've been thinking about, is being the person that I have [been]," he said. "I think that's the first key to getting myself back on the field and to be able to play with confidence is to be strong-minded and not have any thoughts about what if . . . Just keep it the way it's always been."
As for the other issues surrounding the Jets, most notably the quarterback position, Holmes is leaving that decision to the coaching staff.
Said Holmes: "These are guys competing for their own position, and me, as a returning guy, I want to compete for my own position as well."
But he wouldn't be surprised if Geno Smith beats out Mark Sanchez and said of coach Rex Ryan: "If Rex loves him, we've got to love him."