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Another perspective on Holt

Posted by Albert Breer  May 16, 2010 01:14 PM

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While working on my Sunday NFL Notes, and talking with Lovie Smith about his reunion with Mike Martz in Chicago, it occurred to me to ask about Torry Holt.

Smith was, of course, with Holt from 2001-03, right in the star receiver's prime. In those three seasons, Holt had 289 catches for 4,361 yards (15.1-yard average) and 23 touchdowns, and the Rams went 33-15. Lovie was coaching on the other side of the ball, but he did take note as Holt wrested the role of No. 1 receiver from Isaac Bruce.

"You got start with the person, because Torry Holt is a great person," Smith told me. "Right away, you get this warm feeling -- this is a good guy. Then, as a football player, he's just a competitor. He's always competing hard, no matter where you're at.

"He's very disciplined, though, and you can see it in how he runs every route. Every cut is precise. He's a student of the game, and just a real pro. A real pro that does everything he can to master his craft. That's what Torry did from Day 1.

"And he made us better defensively. He challenged us in practice, and he set such a great example for everyone. You talk about what he did, he was the guy at the Juggs machine after practice, the guy who's pushing everyone to get better."

We've talked about how Holt could be very good for guys like Taylor Price and Julian Edelman and Brandon Tate.This, I'd say, would be more evidence of that.
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