With just a few short days before the 2009 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars filled a glaring need by signing Torry Holt to a three-year, $20 million deal.
A former superstar in fantasy circles, Holt recorded eight consecutive seasons with 1,100-plus yards and scored a combined 48 touchdowns from 2003-2007. He’ll instantly become the top option in the offense for the Jaguars, who released Matt Jones, Jerry Porter and Reggie Williams in the offseason.
However, owners need to temper their expectations for the veteran wideout.
Holt, 32, seemed to lose a step and was an enormous disappointment last season, finishing with 64 receptions, 796 yards and three touchdowns. Those were by far his worst numbers since his rookie season in 1999.
Furthermore, the Jaguars haven’t had a 1,000-yard wide receiver since Jimmy Smith posted 1,023 yards in 2005.
The addition of Holt is a positive for the value of David Garrard, who’ll have a reliable option in the pass attack. But in an offense that will lean on Maurice Jones-Drew and the run, it’s hard to envision either of these veterans as more than reserves or matchup-based starters in fantasy land.
Holt, who will be projected to start opposite Mike Walker, should not be seen as more than a borderline No. 3 or 4 fantasy wideout.
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