Holmes helped lead Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, but fell out of favor and was traded to New York in April 2010 for a fifth-round draft pick. He played a key role in the Jets' run to their second straight AFC championship game two seasons ago. New York re-signed him to a five-year, $45 million contract in 2011, and despite his troubles last season, the Jets kept him on the roster — meaning the receiver is guaranteed $15.25 million over this and next season.
The Jets haven't ruled out signing other receivers to help, but it appears there will be no reunion with Plaxico Burress. Ryan said he had a "great" relationship with Burress, who played last season with the Jets after being released from prison, but added that they wanted to get "a little younger" and "faster," and another team will be lucky to have Burress.
Jason Hill was a third-round draft pick of San Francisco in 2007, but was waived by the 49ers in 2010 and claimed off waivers by Jacksonville, where he played the last two seasons. The speedy receiver spent the preseason with Denver before being released in August, and has 76 receptions for 1,028 yards and eight touchdowns in parts of five NFL seasons.
He was working out in New Orleans for the Saints earlier in the week when he got a call from his agent, Peter Schaffer.
"He said, 'Stop that workout there,'" Hill said. "I got here as soon as possible."
Hill made some headlines last season when he suggested that the Jets and Revis were a bit "overhyped" because of all the attention they received from the media. But then Hill was inactive for the Jaguars and didn't play against the Jets.
"He'll probably have about 10 guys jump him or something," Ryan said with a smile. "I don't know if he was working himself up to play against Revis or what, but when he didn't play, that was a little different."
Hill wasn't in a joking mood about those comments, preferring to put them behind him.
"I didn't think anything of it," he said. "I don't think our team down in Jacksonville thought anything of it. But obviously, up here you all did. But it's in the past, we're teammates now and we're going to move forward accordingly."
And that means possibly making his Jets debut Monday night, something he's planning on.
"I'm going to stay up all night learning the playbook," Hill said.
NOTES: San Francisco's Carlos Rogers said during a radio interview Monday that he thought the Jets may have quit during their game and looked like a team that wanted to "hit the showers." Ryan disputed that suggestion: "I think when you look at it, certainly we didn't play well," Ryan said. "It's obvious we didn't play well to his standards, either. I think we have a reputation in this league as being a tremendous defense and we didn't play that way. As far as us quitting, there's no way. That wasn't the case." ... FB John Conner (knee/hamstring) and LB Bart Scott (toe) rode stationary bikes in the early portion of practice, and their availability for Monday night was uncertain.
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