Holt signing doesn't guarantee results in N.E.
According to reports, the Patriots will add veteran wide receiver Torry Holt to the roster today, but is this the type of move we should get overly excited about?
Bill Belichick has never had an issue with bringing in veterans who are considered to be on the downside of their careers because the Pats coach is very good at finding the right personnel for situational football. We see it with his defensive players all of the time with recent names like Junior Seau and Shawn Springs — veteran players who find their way into certain defensive packages on the field and, in some cases, see serious minutes on Sundays.
With the 34-year-old Holt, we might see the same plan. An older receiver who isn’t as explosive down the field or off of the line of scrimmage as he was during his prime in St. Louis, but I still don’t think this will deter the Patriots from targeting some rookie talent at the WR position this weekend in the draft. They have shown interest in Okie State’s Dez Bryant and Minnesota’s Eric Decker, and there is plenty of talent that will be available in the second and third round of the draft.
And, it should be a position of priority for Belichick and the Pats. Randy Moss is in the last year of his contract, and Wes Welker is coming off of a knee injury. And no matter how great the reports are from his rehab, until we see him in game action, we don’t know what type of production to expect for the 2010 season. I like Julian Edelman’s game, but after that, are there enough positives for the future?
We will get to see this play out over the weekend. But, for now, the addition of Holt gives them another veteran player with playoff and Super Bowl experience who can work with the multiple offensive packages the Patriots employ on game days.
I can see Holt playing a No. 3 role outside of the numbers at times or even as a No. 4 when the Pats use their empty sets, but is that it? This move shouldn’t be enough to stop the Patriots from looking at the future of this offense over draft weekend. Just as we saw with Joey Galloway, there is no guarantee that playing in Tom Brady's offense will produce results.
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