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The Patriots may be in trouble at the wide recevier position. Randy Moss is in the last year of his deal, while Wes Welker is coming off major knee surgery. They have unproven young players in Julien Edelman and Brandon Tate, and not much else…until now, sort of. The team signed former Jaguars wide receiver Torry Holt to a one-year deal worth $1.7 million on Tuesday.
Holt’s best days came with Isaac Bruce, Kurt Warner (and later Marc Bulger), and the Greatest Show on Turf. He appeared in two Super Bowls, winning in 2000 and losing a heartbreaker to the Patriots in 2002.
Holt, 34 by the start of the season, set the NFL record for receptions in a decade with 868i n the 2000’s, an incredible accomplishment considering the great NFL receivers that played before him. He also averaged 87 catches and 1,266 years heading into the 2009 season.
It’s clear, however, that he’s lost a step. In his only season with Jacksonville in 2009, Holt finished with 51 catches for 771 yards and no touchdowns.
A scout told Boston.com that Holt still has something left in the tank.
“The biggest thing with him is he just can’t run the way he used to,’’ the scout said of Holt. “He’s a possession receiver, a great route runner, and he has that veteran savvy.”
Perhaps Holt can regain some of his old success with Tom Brady throwing to him, but the Patriots still need to make receiver a priority on Draft Day. The team has also inked David Patten to help out at WR.