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December 13, 2013

Jets’ Holmes calls Panthers’ secondary ‘weakest link’

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Santonio Holmes might have provided the Carolina Panthers with some inadvertent bulletin board material.

The New York Jets wide receiver was answering a question Thursday about the Panthers’ impressive defense, ranked No. 2 in the NFL, and how it stacks up against previous opponents when he mentioned the defensive backs.

“Not to call these guys out,” Holmes couched it, “but their secondary is probably their weakest link on their defense.”

Holmes went on to rave about the Panthers’ front seven and how athletic and physical they are, but the damage had already been done.

Holmes was later asked what led him to believe that Carolina’s weakness on defense is the secondary.

“Just from the numbers perspective, guys in their position,” Holmes said. “Nothing from my judgment that puts those guys in that category. It’s the way they’ve been ranked throughout the NFL, it’s not my perspective.”

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