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“From the moment I walked in, I believed Mark Sanchez was going to be our guy and I was going to be the guy to be beside him 100 percent,” Holmes said last week. “Three years has been a long time running together. You just kind of find that knack for each other and have a better understanding of how things can be done on both ends.”

The position is particularly thin now with rookie Stephen Hill uncertain for the game against the Texans after being sidelined against the 49ers with a hamstring injury.

The only remaining healthy wide receivers on the roster are Chaz Schilens, Jeremy Kerley and Clyde Gates. The Jets waived Patrick Turner, another receiver, earlier Tuesday to make room on the roster for fullback Lex Hilliard.

Ryan did not rule out general manager Mike Tannenbaum looking into bringing in a free agent receiver to help.

“Mike and I haven’t really discussed those things,” Ryan said. “But whatever helps our football team, gives our football team the best chance to be successful, we’ll certainly look at those possibilities.”

Holmes helped lead Pittsburgh to a Super Bowl victory in 2009, but fell out of favor and was traded to New York in April 2010 for a fifth-round draft pick. He played a key role in the Jets‘ run to their second straight AFC championship game two seasons ago. New York re-signed him to a five-year, $45 million contract in 2011, and despite his troubles last season, the Jets kept him on the roster — meaning the receiver is guaranteed $15.25 million over this and next season.