Santonio Holmes, who talked down his recovery all preseason, said Tuesday that he was frustrated that he wasn’t allowed to play more in Sunday’s game against the Bucs. Asked how he felt after the game health-wise, Holmes said, “I survived.”Holmes had a pass batted away by Darrelle Revis on one play, but also had one first down catch again with Darrelle Revis in coverage. It's early to expect too much from Holmes, but if he can incrementally build week by week, then that's all we can ask for. According to Football Outsiders, Tampa graded out as one of the best pass defenses (4th) in the league last week, while the Patriots unit ranked poorly (27th). It's still early to get too strong a sense of how those units will finish, but the Patriots secondary has been a unit that has been bad for years now. Can Santonio produce more this week on short rest?
“That’s probably the biggest thing I can say right now, is that I survived and got through it OK,” Holmes said. “No injuries, so pretty good.”