Chris Steuber: The Steelers really didn't feature you in their offense
early in the year of your rookie season… how difficult was that for you to
have to sit back and wait for your turn?
Santonio Holmes: I kind of hurt myself because I didn't stay
consistent throughout practice like I should have. I didn't get in the playbook
as much as I should have in the beginning. I wasn't helping the team out.
Being a first-round draft pick, everybody was waiting around like, "Man,
when is this guy going to come around, when is he going to be able to play for
us?" I think I kind of hurt the team in that sense, but I started making
strides towards the end [of the season]. That's making everyone think how much
am I going to improve from here on?
CS: After getting more playing time towards the end of the 2006
season, what did you want to work on and learn this offseason to better yourself
as a player?
Holmes: I hit the weights more this year. I am going to be playing 16
full games this year, and possibly a couple more in the playoffs. Including the
preseason games, it's going to be a lot tougher on my body. I really needed to
hit the weights in that aspect. In terms of learning, we have a new system with
the change of coaches and a change of offense. That just comes with being a
professional, you just adapt on the move.
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A member of the Pro Football Writers of America and the Football Writers Association of America, Chris Steuber has provided his analysis of the NFL and NFL Draft prospects on the web and on the radio since 1999.