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Santonio: 'We're winning ball games'

Santonio Holmes catches the ball in the endzone

Santonio Holmes catches the ball in the endzone against Quentin Jammer of the San Diego Chargers. (Oct. 23, 2011) Credit: Jim McIsaac

Santonio Holmes is averaging three catches a game and has found the end zone just three times through the Jets' first seven contests.

So is that the type of production he envisioned when he re-signed that mega five-year, $50 million contract he inked just before training camp, coming back on board as the Jets' No. 1 receiver?

"We’re winning ball games," Holmes said this afternoon standing in front of his locker. "We’re 4-3 right now and that’s pretty much all I can ask for up to this point. What? Four touchdowns on the season, I think. I think that’s a pretty good ratio – 22 catches, [three] touchdowns. It fits well in my book right now."

But an internet report surfaced last week indicating that might not be the case. The report suggested Holmes, as the author explained it, wasn't happy with his role within the Jets' offense.

When asked about it, Holmes said: "Never heard that one. Next question. I didn’t talk to anybody about it, never heard about it."

Asked if he's indeed pleased with his role, Holmes said: "We’re here winning ball games right now."

Essentially, that's the way Mark Sanchez sees it, too.

"We’re not in the business of keeping people smiling," the quarterback said. "We’re in the business of winning. Whether it’s rushing it 100 times a game – is that the quarterback’s favorite game? Well, probably not. But we win. And when you get a chance to throw it, you better throw it right.

"So when these guys get a chance to catch, they need to be at the right landmark and I’ll hit them and that’s it. Whatever it takes really."

Holmes said Sanchez has done a good job of communicating with all the receivers, trying to keep their morale levels up.

"He’s our general," Holmes said. "He comes to us, he keeps us under control. We have to control him a little bit when he loses his cool. But he’s one of those guys that’s always tapping us on the back, ‘I’ve got you next time. I’ve got you this time,’ just keeping us all high spirited and I think that’s a big key of being a young quarterback, knowing you two veteran guys who’ve been there and done that, and will complain a little bit about the ball."

Perhaps those complaints could grow a little louder if Holmes isn't more a focal part of the offense each week.

"In all actuality, man, we’re here to win ballgames," Holmes said. "The numbers speak for themselves. Come the end of the day, whether you had three catches for one touchdown or four catches for three touchdowns, the numbers speak for themselves at the end of the day. All we can do is hope that we continue winning ball games.

"We can’t worry how many catches and yards, and touchdowns we put up each game. We just know we have to do what we have to do week in, week out to help this team continue stacking wins on top of wins."

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