Holmes says a rookie can’t cover him

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — If the Patriots’ defensive backs needed any additional motivation against Santonio Holmes, who has come up big for the Jets since coming back from suspension, the wide receiver has given it to them.

“If I can really speak my mind, I would,” Holmes said. “But just off the strength of me being a professional, I don’t worry about those guys. We have to worry about what we have to do here. I don’t care who they line up over there on the other side of the ball. It’s our job to get the job done and play well, pitch and catch, run the ball, block those guys and get out of there with a victory.”

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Not that Holmes was done.

Asked if any rookie could start against him, Holmes said, “Negative. That was proven Super Bowl Sunday two years ago, when they had a rookie [the Cardinals’ Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie] following me around the whole game.

“I wouldn’t do it if I was them.”