Source: Yardbarker

Pats sign veteran WR Torry Holt

Mike Reiss from ESPNBoston is reporting that the Patriots have signed veteran WR Torry Holt. Holt is 33 years old and entering his 13th NFL season. He played 11 successful seasons with the Rams and last season with the Jaguars, where he snagged 51 receptions for 722 yards. Holt adds another veteran presence to the WR corps which has veterans Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and David Patten. Can Holt still contribute? I think that he can, but don’t expect the production he had in his Rams days. If he can post similar numbers to what he did on a lesser offense with a lesser QB in Jacksonville, he will be a big help to the offense as it bides its time waiting for Wes Welker to recover from injury.

Holt is a good route runner, which should help him have a bigger impact than Joey Galloway did last season. Galloway relied mostly on his speed, and he didn’t fit what the Pats needed from the position. Holt is on a one-year deal, so there is very little risk with potential for a high reward in this signing.

This also provides the Pats will a little more flexibility during the draft as WR is not as urgent a need anymore. The Patriots do absolutely need to draft a young receiver, but they don’t necessarily need a Week One starter anymore. That doesn’t mean they won’t pick a Golden Tate, Arrelious Benn, or a Dez Bryant if he fits their draft board, but they don’t have to if a player at another position with a similar grade is available.

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  • Earl H. Williams

    The Patriots have yet to open its deep pockets to ensure that they will obtain through the draft and free agents, the best available players which will immediately benefit the team as well as keep them
    in the play off hunt.
    They had a definite need to strengthen their defense in nearly all
    positions. Wiflork needs to have someone who will take over the role from him in the future and get only better yet, without losing one step. They need game changing Linebackers, Safeties, and the remainder of the defensive backfield and down lineman on both offense and defense. They have to pick up someone equal to or more importantly better than ( from the beginning and as a young player for a very long time ) all 3 down lineman in the 3 – 4 defense, and in a 4 – 3 defense change. It is also paramount for them to draft for another top of the line quarterback to take over for Brady who is beginning to miss more and more gusto, he has lost a lot of the hunger he used to have when he set the league on fire, he is no longer hungry and is not showing me anyting while globe trotting with his very, very rich wife living the life of a jet setter. Footbal is no longer number 1 with him and they need someone like
    a Jimmy Clausen or even a Tim Tebow, a quarterback who is tough and keeps on taking a beating while keeps on ticking and has little chance for injury along the lines of Favre.
    I think Kraft has gone cheap, and doing other things neceaaary to keep the stadium full as well as picking up the new prospects and veteran top players to keep them in the playoffs for many years to come. I wish I had the money to buy the Pats and their stadium as well as other team facilities and accessories and install my version
    of ( Jerry Jones and Bill Parcells ) to the Pats, where money is not the issue, the best available players, the best positional players and all team players, I really don’t care for its all about the New England Fans, and their loyalty being rewarded by us doing all humanly possible to enter the playoffs every year, maybe not winning the Super Bowl but making it to the final 2 or 4 final teams
    with winning the Super Bowl at least 3 – 6 times in the next 10 years.
    I would not be afraid to spend the money to keep the players we needed in order to continue operating as the premier team in the game with which all players hope sometime that they are approached
    by the Pats and are given the opportunity to play for the Pats, they
    mostly receive 1 year contracts and if they prove their worth then, Sign them to a longer contract with a heavy ” Morals Clause “.

    Earl Williams
    I am in my mid sixties and have made some private choices in building ( For my benefit only ) several great teams, if I ever hit it big, I would purchase a pro team and make it happen.