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Schotty: 'Tone is our No. 1 guy'

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets.

Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets. Credit: Getty Images

If Santonio Holmes is actually unhappy with his role as an internet report suggested last week, it's news to Brian Schottenheimer.

Holmes doesn't lead the Jets in any of the main receiving categories, posting a modest 311 yards and three touchdowns on 22 catches through their first seven games of the season. He's been targeted 41 times this season, and after being targeted a season-high 12 times against the Ravens on Oct. 2, he's been targeted a total of 13 occasions in the last three games.

He had only three looks against the Chargers on Oct. 23 -- although he did have a 23-yard touchdown nullified due to a holding penalty on Nick Mangold -- just two days prior to the report surfacing. But Holmes said Wednesday the Jets are focusing on winning ballgames and not individual statistics, and Schottenheimer said he knows nothing of Holmes' supposedly being disgruntled with his role. 

"Tone has never said anything to me about it," the offensive coordinator said this afternoon. "Again, I think he’s a great competitor. It’s a shame. The one that gets called back last week is one of the best [TDs] I’ve ever seen. We ran a little double move and Mark made a great throw. But the catch was even better.

"So I have no awareness that he feels that way. Tone is our No. 1 guy. He’s a huge part of the plan and that doesn’t change each week."

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