The Patriots have signed 33 year old Torry Holt to a one-year, $1.7 million deal that brings back uncomfortable memories of Joey Galloway.
It’s understandable that you would compare the two players, given their age and the similarities between the contracts the two players signed with the Patriots. But aside from being relatively old as far as NFL players go, there are very few similarities between the two players.
Holt is a smart receiver with great hands. Joey Galloway was a dumb receiver with great speed.
While Galloway relied on his speed, Holt relies on his smarts. He’s played in ridiculously complex offenses, so he should have no trouble picking up the Patriots’ offense.
Holt is far closer to Jabar Gaffney than Joey Galloway, which is definitely a good thing.
He may not be the guy the Rams penciled in every season for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns anymore, but he’s still a quality NFL receiver. He spent last season with the Jacksonville Jaguars and, while no longer flashy, enjoyed a pretty good season.
And if he can enjoy a pretty good season with David Garrard, I’m sure he’ll manage with Tom Brady.
Whatever you think of the move, you have to admit Holt represents an upgrade over Sam Aiken, who played opposite Randy Moss for most of the 2009 season.
The Patriots, unless they pick up an impact receiver in the draft, are relying on Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate to take over the number 2 and 3 wide receiver spots until (if) Wes Welker returns.
Both guys have the talent, but neither guy made it through last season healthy, and Tate barely made it through a single game. Behind them sit special teams ace Sam Aiken, who should never be allowed to play on offense again, and 200 year old David Patten.
Torry Holt adds some much needed depth, and provides a little insurance in case the Patriots don’t get that impact guy in the first or second round of this week’s draft.
I like the move. I’m not overly excited about it, but it’s definitely a good signing.