Scout Radio: Santonio Holmes

The Steelers 2006 first-round draft pick, wide receiver Santonio Holmes, talked with Scout.com's Chris Steuber about training camp with a new head coach, life as an NFL rookie last year, and his goals for the 2007 season. This is a 9-minute, Scout.com exclusive interview with the former Ohio State receiver.

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.

Scout.com subscribers can listen to this exclusive interview with Steelers WR Santonio Holmes and find out more about the Steelers up-and-coming playmaker: 

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.


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