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It's Jets vs. Bears, not Santonio Holmes

Santonio Holmes #14 of the Chicago Bears warms

Santonio Holmes #14 of the Chicago Bears warms up before a game against the Buffalo Bills at Soldier Field on Sept. 7, 2014 in Chicago. Credit: Getty Images / Jonathan Daniel

After spending four sometimes-controversial seasons with the Jets, wide receiver Santonio Holmes has resurfaced with the Chicago Bears as a free agent this season. He's backing up starters Alshon Jeffery and Brandon Marshall, but you can bet Holmes is primed to have a good game against the Jets on Monday night at MetLife Stadium.

The mere mention of Holmes brought a smile to the face of Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg on Friday afternoon. "Santonio is one of my favorites," Mornhinweg said. "I know. Look, I know. Heart of gold, really, heart of gold. I enjoyed him.

"He made a little place for himself [in Chicago]. I don't particularly root for the other team, but I root for the individual. And Santonio, I root for Santonio."

Holmes missed all but four games of the 2012 season with injuries and struggled to play 11 games last season because of health issues. But he's caught four passes for 41 yards in the Bears' first two games.

"He looks healthier," defensive coordinator Dennis Thurman said of Holmes. "He looks like he's moving better than the last year he was here. He's a pro. He comes out and competes. He'll probably have a little bit of revenge on his mind. We can't get caught up in the one-on-one part of it. We have to go out and do our job."

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