Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any worse, the New York Jets (2-2) placed one of their best offensive players in wide receiver Santonio Holmes on injured reserve on Wednesday, ending his season due to a Lisfranc injury in his left foot.
Holmes was the most effective weapon on offense for Gang Green, as he caught 20 passes for 272 yards and a score through his first (and final) four games of his 2012 campaign.
New York was already seeing more than its fair share of struggles on the offensive side of the ball, and now without Holmes, the team may not be productive offensively — with consistence — for the remainder of the year.
Heading into the first week of October, the Jets rank 24th in scoring (20.2 points per game), 28th in total yards (284 YPG), 27th in passing (197.5 yards per game) and 24th in rushing (86.5 YPG).
Picked up in a trade in 2010 from the Pittsburgh Steelers, the 5-11, 192-pound wide out has played in 32 games (30 starts) and caught 123 passes for 1,672 yards and 15 touchdowns in three seasons with the Jets.
Wide receiver Jason Hill was just signed to fill No. 10′s shoes and a void in the Jets’ inept offense.
After entering the NFL as a third-round draft choice by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2007 NFL Draft, Hill was waived by the Niners on November 16, 2010 before being claimed off waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars the next day.
In the last two seasons, Hill has chalked up 36 receptions for 615 yards and four scores in 16 games (11 starts) with the Jaguars. He spent the preseason with the the Denver Broncos before being released in August.
He’s unaware whether he’ll play this week against the Houston Texans on Monday Night Football. However, Hill does understand that a game plan will be in place and he has to learn the playbook.
“It takes some time, but we’re game planning, so it’s not like I have to learn the whole playbook right now,” said Hill. “My plays, I don’t know how much I’ll play (or) if I’ll play this week, but I plan to. I’m going to stay up all night learning the playbook and we’ll see what comes.”
The 6-0, 202-pound receiver has appeared in 50 games over the last five seasons, registering 76 catches for 1,028 yards and eight scores.