Weekend notes: Bears should avoid Holt
Let’s catch up on some NFL news and notes…
Torry Holt has expressed interest in joining new Bears offensive coordinator Mike Martz in Chicago, along with QB Jay Cutler. But, why make this move if you are the Bears?
Holt isn’t the same receiver we all know from his days in St. Louis, and although I have the utmost respect for one of my former teammates, Chicago needs to see what they have from their young receiving corps. Devin Hester, Johnny Knox, Devin Aromashodu, Earl Bennett, and even last year’s draft pick Juaquin Iglesias from Oklahoma — who was a non-factor in 2009 — need the time to develop in Martz’s system. The idea of bringing in a veteran receiver sounds nice and looks nice on paper from a leadership standpoint, but Holt’s skills aren’t at a point where you need to invest in him. Martz, Lovie Smith and GM Jerry Angelo need to see what they have in that young talent now that they have the system that will allow them to open up the offense.
I would stay away from veteran receivers who are at the end of their careers.
WR Matt Jones decided on signing with the Bengals over the Titans this week, and I am curious to see how he meshes with the Cincy offense. The Bengals don’t have a deep threat, and the hope is that Jones can stretch the field in the vertical passing game outside of the numbers. He could be a big factor once the Bengals get inside the 20-yard line, and with Laveranues Coles nothing more than an underneath receiver who can run the quick 3-step game, this is a good move by Cincy. How it works out remains to be seen, but not a bad pickup in February.
Pacman Jones also worked out for the Bengals this week, but he left without a contract offer — which shouldn’t surprise us. The Bengals were looking for a bargain at this point in the offseason, but Jones — who has multiple off the field issues — isn’t going to crack the lineup in Cincy with Leon Hall and Johnathan Joseph. We have to remember that teams will always overlook red flags when it comes to talent in this league, but the problem with Jones is two-fold. He is a risk once he leaves the locker room and he is also a risk on the field when it comes to the cornerback position. He takes chances, plays with sloppy technique and showed us in Dallas that he is a risk out on the island. Outside of trying to get a kick returner on the cheap end, I wouldn’t even look at this guy.
Joey Porter was released by Miami and then subsequently put back on the roster due to the fact that he can’t officially be released until March 5 — the start of the new league year. But that didn’t stop the speculation from starting on where Porter would end up. From Buffalo to Green Bay, rumors began to catch fire. I don’t see any reason why Green Bay’s Ted Thompson would even entertain the idea of bringing Porter in. He has two rush OLBs in Clay Matthews and Brad Jones, and Porter would have to be brought in as a third-down player who could rush the passer. Not what Green Bay is looking for, especially since Porter will most likely try and get some coin up front. In Buffalo, he could be reunited with new head coach Chan Gailey, and considering that the Bills are moving to a 3-4 — and needs to sell jerseys — he could end up in western New York. But, let’s wait and see what the market is for an aging linebacker who hasn’t meshed well with coaching staffs before we pencil him in to Buffalo or any other club for that matter.
I like the idea of Aaron Kampman heading to Chicago. Bears DE Alex Brown made a statement that he would welcome the free agent who made the move to OLB in ’09 under Dom Capers in Green Bay. He would be an ideal fit in the Cover 2 scheme under Lovie Smith and Rod Marinelli, and more importantly, he would be back where he belongs at defensive end. Expect to see a bidding war for the former Iowa Hawkeye when free agency opens in March — despite the fact that he is coming off of a knee injury. His rehab is progressing and the Bears would be wise to take a hard look at filling a major need along their defensive line with Kampman.
The Panthers’ Steve Smith has stated that he feels the club needs to add another playmaker — especially someone with speed. The idea here is simple: Smith didn’t post big numbers this season due to the fact that he was the only option down the field. Teams played plenty of 2-Man to his side of the field, which put a corner underneath playing trail-man technique and a safety over the top to take away any vertical route. I like what the Panthers were able to do on offense when Matt Moore came in at quarterback, and although I still see this team as having the best rushing attack in the NFC, adding some speed on the outside will drastically change the look of Carolina.
What is the story with Donovan McNabb and the Eagles? There are so many reports out there right now that we shouldn’t believe anything — yet. I like to think that Philly is playing everyone when it comes to McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick, but does anyone think that all three of these guys will be on the roster come training camp? I am still sold that McNabb is the best option for the Eagles if they want to challenge for the NFC East title in 2010, and although Kolb might be the QB of the future, why give away McNabb when he can still play — and still win?
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