Tag:Torry Holt
Posted on: May 25, 2011 8:53 pm
Edited on: May 25, 2011 9:07 pm

Hot Routes 5.25.11: Mike Kafka's 'next step'

Posted by Will Brinson

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  • Mike Kafka told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he's ready to "take that next step" and become the Eagles' official backup. Of course, that presumes that Kevin Kolb is traded. Fortunately, Andy Reid's got his back too. I know that Reid's really good at developing quarterbacks and all, but going from Kolb backing up Vick to Kafka backing up Vick is a significantly different proposition.
  • Is it legal for the younger brother of an NFL offensive coordinator to teach that OC's new quarterback the offense? I mean, it's not, right?

Posted on: March 31, 2011 9:50 am

Stroud looking to be reborn

M. Stroud hopes to be reborn in New England (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Playing the last three seasons with the Bills, DT Marcus Stroud has almost been an afterthought.

His first sevens with the Jaguars, Stroud – a former first-round pick – was a solid defender when he stayed healthy, and though his stats remained consistent while in Buffalo, the Bills were terrible, Stroud was playing in a new defense (he had to switch from the 4-3 to the 3-4) and he was thought to be nearing the end of his career.

Now that he’s signed with the Patriots, though, he’s hoping for a career resurrection. It’s because he’s seen players like Rodney Harrison and Bryan Cox arrive in New England on the downside of their careers and then find success with the Patriots.

“I’ve seen the trend,” Stroud told the Boston Herald . “You have guys who are in the same situation I’m in, who some people may deem washed up or on his last legs. And then they end up going to New England and having a lot of success for another two, three, four years. That’s what I’m looking at. I know how my body feels right now. It’s just a matter of getting in shape and being ready. I promise you, I will do that.”

Not all veterans find success with the Patriots (I’m looking at you Torry Holt, Joey Galloway and Adalius Thomas), and if Stroud really doesn’t have much juice left in his body, the club hasn’t committed much guaranteed money to him (though, according to the paper, he could make as much as $4 million during the next two seasons if he hits his incentives).

But remember the Bills no longer wanted him, cutting him for the benefit of younger players, and he is coming off shoulder surgery. Stroud remains confident, though.

“This definitely gives me a chance to go out and play and prove that I still got a lot of good years of football left,” Stroud said. “I know how to play ball, and I know I still got a lot of good ball left.”

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Posted on: December 2, 2010 9:30 am

Cris Carter is the key to many WRs' HOF chances

Posted by Andy Benoit

The list of 26 semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame 2011 class was recently announced. The most important name on that list? Cris Carter. C. Carter (US Presswire)

Wide receiver has become one of the toughest positions for voters to gauge. The NFL has evolved so markedly into a passing league that the receiving statistics from one era to another are almost impossible to evaluate. The same problem applies to quarterbacks, but quarterbacks are much easier to figure because a.) They’re tied more directly to their team’s success; b.) They touch the ball every play and c.) They stay on your television screen after the ball is snapped. A wide receiver, on the other hand, might make important contributions like lifting a coverage, disguising a route or providing backside run-blocking support, but that action often takes place off screen.

The voters’ decision will be overwhelmingly based on numbers. That’s what makes Carter, the longtime Vikings receiver, the key that potentially unlocks the Canton door for a host of wideouts. Carter is third all-time in receptions (1,101), eighth all-time in receiving yards (13,899) and fourth all-time in touchdowns (130). Overall, he was essentially the second best wide receiver of the 1990s. If he doesn’t get in, what hope is there for other prolific wideouts like Tim Brown, Andre Reed or Irving Fryar, Torry Holt, Isaac Bruce or Marvin Harrison? All have similar numbers. (Holt, Bruce and Harrison each have a ring, but receivers aren’t judged by titles the way quarterbacks, running backs and, obviously, head coaches are.)

Carter was passed over by Hall of Fame voters last year, but that could have simply been the Jerry Rice effect. This year could be Carter’s best shot at getting in. Of the 25 other semifinalists, only Deion Sanders and likely Marshall Faulk are surefire Yes’.

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Posted on: November 21, 2010 3:10 pm

Derrick Mason reaches 900

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

With his third catch of the game today, Ravens WR Derrick Mason became only the 13th player in NFL history to surpass the 900-career receptions mark.

Next on the all-time list is Torry Holt (920) at No. 12, but Mason has a ways to go before he would catch No. 1 Jerry Rice (1,549).

By the way, five of the top-13 pass-catchers of all time are still playing. That includes Terrell Owens, Tony Gonzalez, Randy Moss and Hines Ward.

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 5:06 pm

Torry Holt now a free agent

Posted by Andy Benoit

Mike Reiss of ESPN Boston reports that the Patriots have released Torry Holt. The Patriots originally put Holt on IR, but the wide receiver and organization came to terms on an injury settlement.

Holt is undergoing knee surgery this week. By asking for (and receiving) his release, it’s possible the 34-year-old veteran could be aiming to still play in 2010. He’ll have to find a team, first.

If healthy, Holt's precision route running allows him to still get separation against No. 3 corners. Plus, he'd be an excellent mentor for younger wideouts.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: August 15, 2010 3:37 pm

Torry Holt done for the season

Posted by Andy Benoit

So much for Torry Holt being the No. 3 wide receiver in New England this year. The Patriots have placed the 11-year veteran on Injured Reserve.

Holt had gone from possibly the No. 3 receiver to a man fighting for the No. 6 job. He has been battling a knee.

This marks the end of the season for the 34-year-old, and possibly the end of a Hall of Fame-worthy career.

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Posted on: August 11, 2010 9:07 am
Edited on: August 11, 2010 9:43 am

Hot Routes 8.11.10: 'Reppin' the 1's'

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  • Former Panther Julius Peppers is, according to Brad Biggs , 'going to be a heck of a player to watch this season.' So that's great news for Bears' fans, who now only have to watch every other snap on defense to get full enjoyment out of their big free-agent acquisition.
  • DEAR GOD. There appears to be some sort of "rationale thought" going on in Oakland -- Jerry McDonald reports that Nnamdi Asomugha might actually spend time in 2010 shadowing the best wide receiver for the opposition. Instead of, you know, sitting at the right corner spot and guarding whoever opposing teams line up there. All due respect to the late George Steinbrenner, but the Raiders are operating just like the Yankees did once Big Stein was "less involved." I think we need some proof Al Davis is still alive.
  • Sean Weatherspoon could start the Falcons' opener . But he doesn't care whether he does or not. For some reason. I do, because I think he ends up winning Defensive Rookie of the Year (really active linebackers on contending teams just get so much more exposure than anyone else).
  • In news that produces negative emoticons (Cry ) for an NC State alum, Torry Holt might not even make the Patriots roster . He's listed at sixth on the WR depth chart right now -- maybe -- and Pats player personnel fella Nick Caserio won't tie down how many they'll keep. My take? If they cut him, the Panthers should bring him on to mentor their young guys. But I've only been saying that for three years.
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