New York Jets receiver Santonio Holmes apparently doesn’t think too highly of the Miami Dolphins’ secondary.
Holmes told New York media this week that “with our skills and our speed, we should really take advantage of those guys.”
If he does, it’ll be a break from tradition.
In six career games against Miami, Holmes has caught just seven passes, although the does have a lifetime 18.7 yards-per-catch average against the Dolphins.
Furthermore, Holmes infamously melted down in the 2011 season-ending matchup between the two teams, benched after an in-huddle argument with his teammates.
“I would never quit on my team,” said Dolphins safety Chris Clemons, who added, “That’s all talk. You can talk, talk, talk. But it’s not going to be any motivation.”
As for corner Sean Smith, who could be matched up against Holmes: “I appreciate comments like that. We welcome challenges around here.”
THOMAS, MILLER OR BOTH?
With Daniel Thomas apparently recovered from a concussion, the Dolphins have a decision to make at backup running back: Go back to Thomas, or stick with Lamar Miller, the hot hand.
Miller has been the more productive of the two, rushing for 65 yards on 10 carries against the Raiders. Thomas got just three carries in the opener, totaling 11 yards.
Pro Football Focus, which grades each player, indicates Miller has also been a much better pass-blocker than Thomas – a bit surprising, considering that was supposedly Miller’s weakness.
“We’ll probably make that decision [Friday] p.m. or Saturday, but there’s a chance both those guys could go,” said coach Joe Philbin. “[Miller] did a nice job. We weren’t surprised he played well.”
LB Kevin Burnett missed practice with a right foot injury, an interesting development considering he wasn’t on the injury report at all Wednesday. Burnett has not missed a single defensive snap on the young season and is fourth on the team with nine tackles.
Philbin declined to comment when asked how the injury occurred.
If Burnett can’t go, Jason Trusnik is a prime candidate to get the start. Trusnik has been on the field for just two defensive snaps thus far, and has not recorded a tackle.
The only other change to the Dolphins’ injury report involved receiver Marlon Moore, who missed all of practice with a hamstring injury.
Jets corner Darrelle Revis, held out of last week’s game with a concussion, participated fully in practice Thursday and told New York media that he’s playing against the Dolphins.
GAME STILL NOT SOLD OUT
As of Thursday afternoon, the Dolphins had not sold the number of tickets needed to get the game on television (85 percent of capacity), a team spokesman said. The NFL granted the organization a 24-hour extension to reach that benchmark.
The Dolphins are not guaranteeing that this game will be on television, and the decision to buy up the necessary inventory to lift the blackout will be made on a week-by-week basis.