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Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver

Posted on: March 13, 2009 5:05 pm
Edited on: March 13, 2009 5:36 pm

A few years ago, I wrote that  Torry Holt was the most under-valued receiver in the NFL. All he did was catch passes, score touchdowns and command the double team.

But Holt isn't that receiver anymore.

Holt was released by the St. Louis Rams Friday in a move that may expected, and he is now an unrestrcited free agent. For teams interested, here's a warning: He's a No. 2 receiver now.

Holt doesn't run like he once did. The ability to win outside, running by corners, isn't there anymore. He can still be a productive second receiver, but his 12.8 per-catch average last season was a career low. That shows a player slowing down, not a player who is still a player who deserves No. 1-receiver money.

Holt is a class act. He would be a great addition to a team that has young receivers who can learn from him. If I were the Dallas Cowboys, I'd give him a good look. He would help Roy Williams, who they think is now their No. 1.

But the New York Giants need a No. 1 receiver. If they think Holt is that guy, they are mistaken. He turns 33 in June and the numbers say the age is statting to become a factor.



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Since: Aug 18, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2009 7:37 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver


 On what planet is Cris Carter considered 'classy?'

Since: Aug 24, 2008
Posted on: March 13, 2009 7:24 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver

Is Torry Holt a number 2 wide receiver, well it depends on what team he ends up playing for this year.  Using your example of the Giants, I disagree.  He would be the number 1 wide out; in fact he could be the number 1 on several teams.  Is he the same receiver of years gone by, probably not?  But like you pointed out, he is a class act and could help many teams in the NFL.  I also disagree with your use of his 2008 stats to solidify your point that he is now a number 2 WR.  The Rams had a lot of issues this year including a head coaching change, and at QB.  Then using your theory is Steven Jackson done as well?  Is Holt in the top or elite tier of WR no, but he is still a lineament No.1. 


Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2009 7:02 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver


 most is true.  age is getting up so he is losing a step in the speed department, however, he is a near perfect route runner with near perfect hands.  he was injured last season, while on a team that went 2-14, had one of the worst OL's in the NFL, and had a QB who is too shell shocked to throw an effective ball, much less deep ball.  for all of those reasons his numbers last season are deceptive.


also torry holt WILL NOT become a LION.  he spent the past two years on a losing team with Linehan as the coach (he strongly dislikes linehan also) so i highly doubt he wants to jump from 2-14 to a 0-16 team with him only having a few years left in the tank.

Since: Feb 25, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:31 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver

I agree that the team to sign Holt will be fortunate. But given the state of some teams' recieving corps, I think Holt could be a #1 somewhere. He's not the Torry Holt of old, but he's still a solid cat. However, he would probably be at his best in a #2 position; from there, he could take pressure off a #1, bring a positive influence to the locker room, and mentor some of the younger guys. I could think of a lot worse things than having Torry Holt teach you a trick or two...



Since: Dec 28, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:26 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver

The stars would certainly be aligning in Detroit, if Torry Holt signed with the Lions.  He would be a great mentor to Calvin Johnson.  From a historical point of view, if the Lions were able to sign Holt (not that they would as they recently signed Bryant Johnson as their #2), I can't help but draw comparissons to the 1998 Vikings.  Scott Linehan was the OC with multiple weapons at his disposal.  A young, gifted reciever in Randy Moss, a classy possession receiver in Chris Carter, a tall versatile back in Robert Smith, and a strong armed once mobile QB in Randall Cunningham.  Take a look at Detriots current components:  Young, freakishly gifted wideout in Calvin Johnson, strong armed once mobile QB in Daunte Culpepper (ironically formally off Minnesota), a tall, shifty back with room to grow as a possession reciever in Kevin Smith.  Scott Linehan is ofcourse, is playing the familiar role of OC, but now in Detroit.  If the Lions were able to sign Torry Holt, couldn't he be the compliment to the Chris Carter role?  The thing that is intersting about that team is that they were the highest scoring team in league history (that is until the 18-1 Patriots, with the aforementioned Randy Moss came along).  Now I'm not suggesting the Lions would have this type of team, but the similarities on offense would be quite intriguing.



Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:24 pm
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Since: Mar 8, 2009
Posted on: March 13, 2009 6:04 pm

Torry Holt now a No. 2 receiver


 I unfortunatly have to agree with part of what you say. Holt is not a No.1 reciever anymore. That is not to say that hes has lost all value. I believe that there are a host of teams that would benefit from his signing. The NY football giants have a stable of young recievers that would benefit from being mentored by holt while he plays his remaining years. I also believe that the chiefs would fill a big void in bringing holt on board. I think holt has alot left in his tank.  I would much rather have holt as a reciever on the field then kennison, and I would much rather have his off field influences on bowe. Prisco, I dont think holt has slowed down as much as you might think. The team as a whole was putrid. So use your head and take that into account before you throw a decline in stats around as proof of a slowing individual. The team that signs holt will be a very fortunate one.


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