Torry Holt (James Finley/AP)
Torry Holt’s pro football career started off with a bang as he was part of the “Greatest Show on Turf” St. Louis Rams teams of the early millennium. As a rookie, Torry Holt had the pleasure of working with what will likely be a Hall of Fame quarterback in Kurt Warner, and studied under a future Hall of Fame receiver in Issac Bruce.
Holt had modest numbers as a rookie in 1999, as he caught 52 passes for 788 yards and six touchdowns, including a touchdown in the Rams Super Bowl victory over the Tennessee Titans. Holt’s 52 catches in his rookie year would be the lowest amount of production in his stellar career, as he averaged better than 94 catches per season from 2000 to 2007, including a league high 117 catches for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2003. After that season, Holt became the true number one receiver for the Rams and Issac Bruce began to take a secondary role.
Torry Holt went from bright-eyed rookie to full blown superstar wideout, and during that time he earned seven Pro Bowl selections. In 2008, Torry’s production dropped significantly as the Rams struggled mightily, both with their quarterback situation and in the win/loss department. Holt’s 64 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season of 1999.
“It really has been an adjustment because ever since I came in, we've been going to the playoffs and Super Bowls,” Holt said. “As a player, as a coach, as an organization, it's a challenge to come in every day and show a great deal of poise and professionalism.”
The Rams, clearly in a rebuilding mode, decided to part ways with Holt and he is starting the second chapter of his career in Jacksonville. Holt is certainly the most accomplished of the Jaguars wideouts, but he will now take on a role of team leader, as well as go-to-guy for quarterback David Garrard.
“When you talk to Torry for five seconds, his knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for the game jump out at you the most,” Holt’s new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter told CBS Sports. “Torry's a football junkie. Having a guy who you know will be in the right place at the right time and knows how to get himself open whether it's versus man or zone coverage is a big plus for us.”
So what can Jaguars fans expect from the 33-year old pass catcher? No one knows for sure, but Holt believes he can be more than just a minor contributor.
Torry Holt (Getty Images)
“He's looked good,” Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. “He doesn't run like he once did, and when we became interested in Torry we watched a lot of film on him and Torry has explained to me that he knows how to take care of himself and be ready when the time comes. You've got to take him on his word on that.”
Torry Holt has gone through several phases as an NFL player during his 10-year career. He was a first-round pick trying to justify his draft status, a Super Bowl champion, an All-Pro who was considered the best in the league at his position, and finally now a veteran who’s trying to be a reliable possession threat and mentor to the Jaguars group of young receivers.