Out With the Old...

Tra Thomas (Jessica Griffin/AP)

This week, the Jacksonville Jaguars will release both veteran wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Tra Thomas. These two vets were signed in the offseason as "band-aid" type players, as the Jaguars were looking to transition with some young players at these positions.

Torry Holt was signed late in the off-season to serve as a security blanket type of receiver for quarterback David Garrard. While Holt's speed was questioned due to his age, many felt he could serve as a solid possession guy. Holt did this, in a sense. Holt was moderately productive, all things considered, as he finished the season with 51 receptions for 722 yards and no touchdowns. While Holt made some clutch catches during the season, he also had his fair share of drops with seemingly one per game. With the emergence as Mike Sims-Walker as the team's go-to guy and the progression of rookie wide receiver Mike Thomas as a very reliable target, Holt became expendable. Holt may not be completely finished in the NFL yet, and many speculate he could land with the Chicago Bears under his former coach Mike Martz, who was just hired as the offensive coordinator.

The Jaguars will also release offensive tackle Tra Thomas who was signed in the offseason. Thomas was signed to what many would describe as a "hometown deal", as he is from the DeLand area. He was signed to be a "just in case" player, as the Jaguars were not sure who they could get in the first round of last year's draft, but had a desperate need at the left tackle position. Thomas started three games during the season while the Jaguars were working in rookie first-round draft pick Eugene Monroe. Thomas had a great game in Week Four against the Tennessee Titans, which prompted the Jaguars to start him in their 41-0 blowout loss the following week in Seattle. Thomas would start just one more game after that and bounced on and off the Jaguars injury report. It was pretty clear Thomas' body, being in his 12th season, couldn't handle the workload anymore.

While these two are the only confirmed players to be released this week, today (Feb. 8th) is when teams can officially release players. There are a few more players that many speculate the Jacksonville Jaguars could release in the near future, including veteran center Brad Meester and tight end Ernest Wilford.

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