Originally posted on Helmet2Helmet  |  Last updated 9/6/12

Since Tim Tebow arrived in the Big Apple, Mark Sanchez, despite a litany of critics, has done an admirable job of embracing the fellow quarterback and extremely high-profile teammate.

But, as Santonio Holmes claims, Sanchez’s initial reaction was less than enthusiastic.

Holmes told the Newark Star-Ledger that following the Jets’ trade for Tebow, Sanchez’s first words to him were, “Wow, how did this happen?”

The outspoken receiver added that Sanchez was “rattled” by the acquisition.

“I think since Day One it was a focus that kind of rattled him a little,” Holmes said. “And I use that word only to say that ‘Wow how did this happen.’ Those were words that came out of his mouth. But I think he understands now that his role is to be the New York Jets starting quarterback and Tebow is here to help us win as many games”.

At first, Holmes didn’t know what to believe. He assumed Sanchez, who signed a lucrative extension two weeks prior to the trade, was a goner.

“I honestly didn’t think that it happened,” Holmes said. “Someone told me that it happened and I waited until I saw it on ESPN to believe it. When it happened I didn’t know what to think. I didn’t know if we were going to get rid of Mark or we bringing a new quarterback or what. But when I talked to Rex Ryan he put me at ease.”

If anyone knows what rattles Sanchez, it most definitely is Holmes. The two engaged in a much talked-about riff for much of the 2011 season, with things boiling over during the season finale in Miami. This year, they’ve tried to repair the torn relationship by bonding off-the-field and developing a better rapport on it.

Holmes’ comments certainly raise an eyebrow, though all indications lead us to believe there’s no lingering bad blood. The three players spent part of the offseason in California, as Sanchez conducted his annual ‘Jets West’ camp, and flashed big smiles for the camera.

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