Santonio Holmes Expected to Return Against Bucs, Could Face Darrelle Revis

Cody EContributor IIISeptember 6, 2013

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 16 :   Santonio Holmes #10 of the New York Jets reacts after scoring a first quarter touchdown against the Pittsburgh Steelers on September 16, 2012 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
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Despite missing the preseason with a foot injury, former Super Bowl MVP Santonio Holmes is expected to play Sunday when the Jets take on the Buccaneers, Rich Cimini of ESPN.com reported

The outspoken wide receiver hasn't played a single snap since Week 4 of last season, but he'll likely see finite time this weekend as he continues to rehab from surgery, a league source told ESPN.com. 

Nonetheless, with a roster devoid of any significant offensive weapons, the Jets will look to take advantage of Holmes' contributions. Though he is certainly on the back end of his career, and slightly banged up, Holmes still figures to be the Jets' top receiver this season.  

Should he take the field against the Buccaneers, Holmes will need to adjust to Jets rookie play-caller Geno Smith, who is making his first career start. The Jets' preseason quarterback competition was rather bleak, and Smith certainly hasn't proved that he is capable of running the offense. Not to mention the fact that he and Holmes will have little, if any, time to get familiar.  

Moreover, Holmes will likely line up up across from his former teammate—lockdown corner Darrelle Revis. Revis is also working his way back to form after undergoing knee surgery in October. Even so, Revis' physical style of play could be problematic for the undersized, and potentially weak, Holmes.

In any case, Holmes will have his work cut out for him if he does return to Gang Green on Sunday.

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