NFL fans want the lockout to be resolved for a myriad reasons, but one of the primary ones is we’re all anxious to know where key free agents will be playing in 2011, and subsequently, what rosters will look like. No team may be faced with more tough choices in free agency when the lockout finally ends than the New York Jets. At the wide receiver position, the Jets must decide whether to re-sign Braylon Edwards or Santonio Holmes or both. There are mixed opinions amongst Jets fans about what the prudent decision would be over the long haul, but it’s fair to say that the vast majority hope both are back provided the Jets wouldn’t have to break the bank to do so.
Holmes granted a lengthy and interesting interview recently with ProFootballFocus, a stats-centric website that has published some interesting studies of late. The interviewer wisely avoided bugging Holmes about the lockout or his uncertain future as a free agent during the labor impasse.
The interview topics included Holmes’ charity work, his statistical output in 2010 from various formations, playing with two young quarterbacks — Ben Roethlisberger and Mark Sanchez — to begin his career, playing for Rex Ryan and what areas of his game he feels need improving. Holmes was also asked about his workout schedule during the lockout. Here’s what he had to say:
Steve Wyremski (SW): How’s the offseason going so far? What have you been up to?
Santonio Holmes (SH): Mostly laying low. Training as usual throughout the mornings… every day five days a week. [I’ve been] spending some time with the family. Just sitting back and resting, man. Waiting to see what’s going to happen with the season.
SW: Your workout schedule right now. Take me through a typical day.
SH: I arrive at workouts at about 8:30 in the morning. I go through normal lift days [and] depending on what day it is… upper body or lower body. The workout is about an hour / hour and a half in the weight room. We leave the weight room and go out to the football field and do football specifics whether we’re cutting, doing agilities, running through cones, doing bungee cords, working on the track, speed work, going through the sand pit, [and] jogging 2-3 miles a day. That’s pretty much it.
SW: I saw you’re out training with a bunch of other guys – Chris Johnson, William Gay – you guys all training out there together?
SH: Yeah, we’ve been training together for the past three years. I’ve been in the league six years now, so I’ve been there the past six years. It’s myself, Ike Taylor, James Farrior, just to name a few guys I’ve been training with.
I encourage you to check out the rest of the interview. Plenty of good stuff in there while we patiently wait for news on the lockout front.