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Jets Wide Receiver Santonio Holmes Pulls Himself Out Of Practice

June 7, 2012 3:27 PM

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FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (WFAN) - Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes, who missed the first two weeks of the team’s OTAs because he was visiting American troops in Germany, pulled himself out of practice on Thursday, according to CBSSports.com.

The 28-year-old, who said that he was glad to be back on the field with his teammates, reportedly admitted that he has some catching up to do before he’s ready to compete at the highest level.

Holmes went as far as to ask the coaches to scale back his practice reps, CBSSports confirmed, taking part in 20 as opposed to the scheduled 32.

Following the two-hour workout, the Florida alum limped off the field and tossed his helmet in what appeared to be an expression of frustration, ESPN confirmed.

“I was talking to the coach, letting him understand that it was too many reps today,” Holmes told reporters. “I’ve been gone for a while, so I can’t be at full-tempo like the rest of the guys, and where they want us to be at.”

In a season marred by controversy, the Super Bowl XLIII MVP caught 51 balls for 654 yards and scored eight touchdowns in 2011.

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Ryan coy, but Jets have worked on special plays for Tebow

4:28 PM, June 7, 2012 ι By BRIAN COSTELLO

The Jets have begun working on some of the special plays they have designed for new quarterback Tim Tebow.

Jets coach Rex Ryan, through a team spokesman, told reporters that the team has run a couple of direct snaps to Tebow this week. The spokesman said the plays were nothing fancy, just regular direct snaps.

The issue arose after Ryan played coy in his press conference Thursday. The Jets have not done any unconventional offenses during OTAs while the media has been watching. When Ryan was asked if they had implemented anything with Tebow during the closed sessions he said, "As far as you guys know, we haven't done anything." That was the final question of the press conference.

The team spokesman then clarified the remark to reporters.

The Jets are expected to have a full package for Tebow that will include wildcat, zone option and even some plays with him at a position other than quarterback. The Jets likely won't implement all of those things until right before the season. They are working on learning offensive coordinator Tony Sparano's base offense right now.

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How'd the QBs do? Don't ask

June, 7, 2012

Jun 7

6:26

PM ET

By Rich Cimini | ESPNNewYork.com

The Jets are learning a new offense -- and it showed Thursday.

The first and second units were dominated by the defense, which unleashed an array of blitzes. Mind you, this was a practice devoted to third down, including many third-and-long situations -- and it got ugly.

The unofficial QB stats:

TEAM DRILLS

Mark Sanchez -- 4-for-12, including two interceptions, two throwaways and two miscommunications with WR Santonio Holmes. He was intercepted by CB Kyle Wilson on a pass over the middle and by S Yeremiah Bell on a throw that deflected off TE Dustin Keller.

Tim Tebow -- 1-for-2, plus two sacks, two scrambles and two offensive penalties. Tebow, playing behind the second-team line, was under heavy duress.

7-ON-7 DRILLS

Sanchez -- 6-for-8, including a TD pass to WR Jeremy Kerley. Kerley beat CB Darrelle Revis on a skinny post, catching Sanchez's pass in stride.

Tebow -- 4-for-5.

Clearly, the Jets' defense caused major problems. It's a good thing this wasn't played before a full stadium because there would've been a lot of booing. Sanchez, working exclusively with the starting unit, believes they have "a good understanding of the basic offensive plays," but he said they struggled with adjustments on routes, drop-backs and protections.

"Our defense is forcing us to make those adjustments at a rapid pace," Sanchez said. "Are we up to speed where we want to be? It didn't show today. This minicamp (next week) will be a chance for us to correct some of the things from today ... It was a good test for us. Guys stayed calm. Nobody really tanked it. Everybody stayed upbeat, understood it's a learning process and didn't get bent out of shape."

Except for maybe new OC Tony Sparano, who was "clearly not happy with our performance," Keller said.

Said Tebow: "Today was a third-down day and that’s definitely something that our defense really likes is to get into some of their different personnel, some pressure, stunt, move fronts, and they do a great job at that. So it’s awesome as an offense to be able to go against that, see all those fronts, see all those blitzes, see all those secondary movements. We’ve seen everything in practice, so when we get to a game hopefully we’ve pretty much seen it all."

This wrapped up the OTA portion of the offseason (nine voluntary practices). Only three were open to the media. Tebow was used exclusively at quarterback, with the second-team offense, but he did take two direct snaps -- i.e. wildcat -- in what the team described as very basic plays.

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