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Top 5 Surprises for 2007 Season: #2 - Santonio Holmes

Perhaps this is a bit disingenous, because when I reviewed our community projections for Santonio, I realized I had him pegged at 65 catches and 7 TDs, for just under 1000 yards.

Holmes finished the year with 8 TDs, 52 receptions and 942 yards. He did it in just 13 games however. Had he played all 16 games, he probably would have eclipsed 10 TDs and certainly would have surpassed the 1,000 yard plateau. He didn't though and his injury status in years to come is going to be something worth keeping an eye on. With Holmes's diminuitive stature, it's going to be a question mark I believe going forward whether or not he can stay healthy for a full season. If he can, look out NFL, because this guy can play. He's an instant deep-ball threat, and this year, he proved he can catch the tough passes in traffic. His ability to make plays over the middle of the field amongst LBs and safetys was what surprised me and earned him a spot on my list, not his final stats. His final numbers were certainly solid, but not eye-popping. However, I don't think any of us would argue that Holmes isn't capable of being a Pro-Bowler in future years, and a perfect 1-2 combo while Hines Ward is still playing at a high level.

As Big Ben and Santonio continue to develop a rapport next year and in years to come, I really see no limit to how good the two of them can be. With Heath Miller occupying 'backers and safetys, a running game that will hopefully be augmented by a revamped O-line, a blossoming QB, and a penultamate gamer in Ward opposite him, the sky is the limit for Holmes in the immediate future.