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For Holmes, it's 'Tone time'

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes smiles

New York Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes smiles after making a catch during a morning walkthrough at training camp at the team's practice facility in Florham Park, N.J. (Aug. 5, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Four days into camp, Santonio Holmes has a new headline-grabbing teammate and a new contract. But his personal catchphrase hasn't changed:

“[It’s] ’Tone time,” Holmes said, when asked how he built his resume to become of the Jets’ top priorities this offseason. “When you show up on Sundays, that’s all that matters. You lead by example. That’s what Coach Ryan brought me back in for.”

Holmes was a bit more serious in assessing his role as a leader on this Jets team, particularly as the lone veteran returning to lead a young receiving core. Armed with a new five-year contract, Holmes said it felt nice to be settled for the near future.

“They made me a top priority,” Holmes said. “Now it’s time to go out and prove that I didn’t just come in, and score seven, eight touchdowns.

“I think just having that confidence in myself, I wont shy away from big moments.”

With new teammate Plaxico Burress unable to practice because of an ankle injury, Holmes has been commanding most of the attention in camp. He said he’s been trying to lead by example for the two rookies fighting for a position.

“It’s my job to get [Jeremy] Kerley, Courtney [Smith] and the rest of these guys up to speed and on the same page,” Holmes said.

“I think these guys are picking up the offense very well,” Holmes added. “They’re not having many problems at all once we get in the meeting room. Everything is going smooth.”

As for Burress, Holmes didn’t think it would take him long to get a good grip on the offense.

“Plax is taking extra time in the film room, after practice we sit around talking plays,” Holmes said. “I think that’s helping. It’s not a tough system to really be in. He’s just got to get ready for football. I think he’ll be ready.”


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