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Torry Holt's season is over

The speculation regarding whether Torry Holt will make the Patriots roster can end, possibly along with Holt’s career.

The Patriots placed Holt on injured reserve Sunday, ending his season.  Holt was absent from practice the last few days, and his agent tells Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com that Holt will undergo knee surgery this week.

We wondered aloud if Holt would even make the team, and his odds didn’t look great with the young players in front of him performing well.  Holt is only 34 years old, but it’s worth wondering whether his career will continue. He spent almost two months on the open market as a free agent before the Patriots signed him.

The seven-time Pro Bowler will make an interesting Hall of Fame case one day.  The peak of his career was truly brilliant, but his production dropped off a cliff after age 31.

With Holt done for the season, Sam Aiken looks like a better bet to make the Patriots.

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  1. Patriots51 says: Aug 15, 2010 3:35 PM

    what a waste of a signing… The Pats saw their AFC rivals… ravens, fins and jets all make big time Wr acquisitions.. and all they did was sign David Patten (retired) and Torry Holt… damn Kraft open up your wallet…

  2. Peester15 says: Aug 15, 2010 3:40 PM

    I got to know Torry, personally, and as a player. No one else compared to his great personality and his “on the field” work speaks for itself. I wish Torry the best in the future and have no doubt he will be a great asset to the NFL’s future, as well.

  3. BostonISaChraphole says: Aug 15, 2010 3:41 PM

    8-8

  4. sasquash69 says: Aug 15, 2010 3:55 PM

    Holt should be a HOFer. If Gale Sayers(no knock on Sayers if I had a vote he would have gotten it) is in with his numbers then Holt should be in with his. Clearly his knee is shot and has been for a few years now. His stats drop off a cliff because they were the best in the league for almost a decade. I’m not even a Rams fan, but he had a 6-7 year window that is right there with any WR that ever played the game. Plus he helped win a SB and got to another. I also feel that T.Davis should be in also if Sayers is in. Both careers got cut short due to injury. Both players were the best or arguably the best at there position in the league when they played. The only difference is Davis won a couple of SBs.

  5. ejtowne says: Aug 15, 2010 3:55 PM

    Sam Aiken is a better receiver than Torry Holt anyway. He was a solid backup when he was with Buffalo and a great special teamer.

  6. Florio-is-a-tool says: Aug 15, 2010 3:59 PM

    51, well at least you don’t have to practice your whining.

  7. droppingloads says: Aug 15, 2010 3:59 PM

    open up your wallet to who? the pats will be fine, Holt was on the bubble anyways, he was going to be the 5th receiver on this team.

  8. Commish says: Aug 15, 2010 4:05 PM

    I disagree with the Patriots needs to acquire a big name receiver. The addition of Moss and Welker are enough because the depth chart features a lot of younger guys who are completely able to contribute (Edleman, Price, Tate, Aiken).

  9. footballisfun says: Aug 15, 2010 4:08 PM

    Are you kidding Patriots51? You could argue we didn’t open up the wallet for a big time defensive player but come on our receivers are Moss, Welker, Eldelman and then two young guys with potential in Tate and Price. Holt and Patten I think did their job well, helping out the younger guys. Receiver is not the fear in Foxboro

  10. Poo Flinging Monkey says: Aug 15, 2010 4:15 PM

    Now he’ll have time to fix his gnarled finger.

  11. salmonbrady says: Aug 15, 2010 4:23 PM

    Seriously Kraft. Do you really think spending $85 million to re-sign your best defensive player, best pass-rusher, best cornerback, starting RG and best pass-receiving back in Pats’ history is good enough?

  12. sabotslugs43 says: Aug 15, 2010 4:23 PM

    Patriots51,
    The Fins obtained Brandon Marshall via trade as did the Jets in acquiring Santonio Holmes which means that this had nothing to do with any wallets being opened except for negotiating new contracts. From what I can remember, they werent any good quality wide receivers available via free agency this year. Brandon Marshall and Boldin (who we tried to trade for) are good but is Santonio Holmes that good? We dont even know if Sanchez will be be able to throw to him or if Chad Henne will be any good. They have showed flashes of competence but have to consistantly prove their worth.
    I fail to see how you are pessimistic about our receiving corps with having the one of the best WRs in the game, the best slot receiver in the game (depending on health and availability), a very promising receiver in edleman, and tate who also looks promising.
    Id rather have Mr. Kraft open his wallet (again i.e. Wilfork) for a defensive lineman.

  13. mossisboss says: Aug 15, 2010 4:25 PM

    When you have perennial Pro-Bowlers like Randy Moss & Wes Welker, it isn’t a big deal.
    Those other teams (Ravens, Fins, Jets) had CRAP for WRs. The Mighty Patriots had no such need.

  14. eziam says: Aug 15, 2010 4:26 PM

    Yeah the Patriots are really shallow at the WR depth…

  15. Spiny Norman says: Aug 15, 2010 4:30 PM

    Patriots51 says:
    “what a waste of a signing… The Pats saw their AFC rivals… ravens, fins and jets all make big time Wr acquisitions.. and all they did was sign David Patten (retired) and Torry Holt… damn Kraft open up your wallet…”
    Patriots51, what on Earth are you blithering about? First, Holt was a wily veteran signing to provide depth in case Welker and Tate couldn’t come back early. Since they did come back, Holt was unlikely to make the team, but it was a very good signing. Second, Kraft pays exactly the same as every other owner in the NFL. There is a salary cap, in case you hadn’t heard, and the Pats spend right up to it every year. Signing Holt, then placing him on IR proves that the team is not cheap: they still have to pay the guy!
    I sure hope #51 is smarter than you are.

  16. lowleadman says: Aug 15, 2010 4:30 PM

    He did open his wallet. Randy Moss, Wes Welker.
    The Ravens, Jets and Dolphins made big time aquisitions to try to catch up to the Pats. With the emergence of Edelman, putting him and Welker in the slot in a four wr set will just about be unstoppable.
    Too bad for Holt, but he probably wouldn’t have made the team at the expense of developing our young wideouts.

  17. jetman says: Aug 15, 2010 4:34 PM

    lol damn i was really hoping we could have an old crippled reciever for wilson to shutdown. booooo

  18. AlexInEdmonton says: Aug 15, 2010 4:40 PM

    Now he can videotape practices
    (pats fan)

  19. wsb123 says: Aug 15, 2010 4:42 PM

    Too bad. A really nice guy who had an excellent career

  20. Murabma says: Aug 15, 2010 4:46 PM

    It really is hysterical reading all these Pats* “fan” (of the bandwagon variety, since there are no other kind) responses–you’d have thunk they’ve won something the last few years, instead of suffering the worst choke job in sports history, followed by not making the playoffs, followed by a one and done destruction at the hand of the Ravens. You’ve got great WR depth, huh? Seen Welker play on that knee yet? Isn’t Moss due for one of his hammy injuries, after all, he’s 33 years old now (although that may not matter in HGH land)? Going to be fun watching this team sink into mediocrity this season, but at least then there’ll be many fewer bandwagonistas……

  21. raiderrob21 says: Aug 15, 2010 5:00 PM

    This is no news. Who cares. His best days were way behind him. Nice career Holt. Pats should finish 3rd in the division.

  22. PFTiswhatitis says: Aug 15, 2010 5:09 PM

    I really did not think he would make the team but too bad for him, good guy.

  23. BluntsWithBradyandBelichek says: Aug 15, 2010 6:09 PM

    We have the most promising WR corps in the NFL , Let alone one of the top 3 QB’s in the NFL throwing to them , Why would kraft open his wallet on a WR , when the DL and pass rush is what he needs to drop money on , Julian edelman , wes welker , and randy moss will be in the same sets in alot of plays this year and it will be lethal , edelman made the saints starters look like they were playing in a game of high school football , then you throw welker in the mix , and moss , who the hell do you double ? Not to mention Tate ( NCAA all time KR leader ) , and a lightning quick taylor price . 8-8 My ass , the pats will once again , take the afceast with ease , dolphins in second , jets in third .

  24. stanjam says: Aug 15, 2010 6:20 PM

    Love that. No other kind of Patriots fan than a bandwagon fan? Right. There are many of us who have been fans since before the Grogan era. We saw our team suck for many years, and now it is good. The sounds the haters make is music to our ears, because we have heard those same noises come from our area against the likes of the Cowboys etc. We know that signifies only one thing: That our team is good. You prognosticate our destruction and return to mediocrity every year, and every year we are in the thick of the competition, and in the Superbowl more often than not this decade.
    This team now has completely changed from its early superbowl runs. There are very few players left that have any rings at all. Instead we have had two solid drafts in a row now, and have a core of young players that should keep this team competitive for the next few years. I know you hate to face the facts, but the Patriots are still one of the best teams in the league. The way our first team handled the Superbowl Saints (and without Welker lining up) should give you a hint that the Patriots are not ready to let go of their grip on the AFC East.

  25. @Denisceo says: Aug 15, 2010 6:23 PM

    Listen to @sasquash69 says:
    August 15, 2010 3:55 PM
    Holt should be a HOFer. If Gale Sayers(no knock on Sayers if I had a vote he would have gotten it) is in with his numbers then Holt should be in with his. Clearly his knee is shot and has been for a few years now. His stats drop off a cliff because they were the best in the league for almost a decade. I’m not even a Rams fan, but he had a 6-7 year window that is right there with any WR that ever played the game. Plus he helped win a SB and got to another. I also feel that T.Davis should be in also if Sayers is in. Both careers got cut short due to injury. Both players were the best or arguably the best at there position in the league when they played. The only difference is Davis won a couple of SBs
    All Atheletes given the opportunity will play for the love of the game. the numbers game plays a part in it as well. I am saying that Torry Holt will be in the Hall of Fame when his time comes. The question is “Will he be a first ballot Hall Of Fame player?”If i had a vote, i would vote him in. The athletes that compete at the high level eventually make it in. I took notice of his career numbers over the years and i would have to put him in with one of the noise makers. he lived up to his name and his game. when the Rams were winning he was there. he played with another HOF receiver by the name of Isaac Bruce. Those championship Ram player deserve to end their career there.

  26. Real Football Fan says: Aug 15, 2010 6:24 PM

    He’s no such interesting case for the Hall of Fame. He’s not a Hall of Famer. The debate that will probably go on for years over his teammate, Isaac Bruce, can be easily blunted by presenting Holt’s career. While Bruce performed in and out of the Martz offense, before and after Kurt Warner, with or without Holt, etc., Holt did not. Although I’m personally a big fan of his, the biggest criteria I take for determining who was truly an elite receiver, regardless of system is the yards per catch category. He simply never stacked up in that category, roughly being around 12-13 ypc, while Bruce had several monster years being the go to receiver (alwaysa round 15+ ypc) in that offense, although you wouldn’t have known it from media coverage.
    His numbers also make Tim Brown’s case stronger considering that he put up great numbers yearly with the worst quarterbacking of all the receivers who’ll be log jammed waiting to get over the next few years and was always around 15-16 ypc every year with said mediocre to average quarterbacking.
    The other big elephant in the room is his inability to perform at a high level after Bruce departed. Once Bruce moved on, it was very apparent that he couldn’t dictate coverage because of his lack of speed. he was a very precise route runner, but he was essentially a more explosive Wes Welker in that offense. I don’t think anybody in their right mind would be lobbying for Welker’s inclusion in the Hall of Fame when his career ends, and he’s had some of the greatest catching seasons ever since joining the Patriots. However, if you know football, you know all that is dictated by Moss’ presence. Holt was essentially that same kind of player, all be it the gap between he and Bruce is less noticeable than the one between Welker and Moss.

  27. Nitro says: Aug 15, 2010 6:29 PM

    # BostonISaChraphole says: August 15, 2010 3:41 PM
    8-8
    ————–
    what the hell is the jets 2010 record have to do with torry holt?

  28. FinFan68 says: Aug 15, 2010 6:53 PM

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the Patriots receiving corps. Welker will be fine early, if not week 1; Moss is in a contract year with something to prove and Edleman looked like Wes Jr. Their young tight ends will be ok this year but will eventually be very good. If Brady gets solid protection, the passing game will be one of the league’s best

  29. FireJerryJones says: Aug 15, 2010 6:54 PM

    Pats have enough WR’s. They can’t get to the QB. Worst defense in the NFL.

  30. TheWizard says: Aug 15, 2010 7:02 PM

    We saw our team suck for many years, and now it is good.
    I don’t even concede that.
    They sent a team to a Super Bowl in the 80′s and 90′s, and the late 70′s teams were certainly contenders.
    That’s better that a hell of of a lot of teams have done in their pasts.

  31. benh999 says: Aug 15, 2010 7:07 PM

    “Sam Aiken is a better receiver than Torry Holt anyway.”
    I want some of what you are smoking.

  32. Flip-adelphia says: Aug 15, 2010 7:18 PM

    Everyone should stop complaining about the Pats and realize that this is probably the end of a great career. In this day of “thug” football players, Holt was a role model on and off the field. We’ll see you in Canton

  33. wrath4771 says: Aug 15, 2010 8:02 PM

    I think both Bruce and Holt make the Hall of Fame, but neither is a first ballot guy. Even though the Greatest Show on Turf only had a five year window, I can’t imagine only Faulk and Pace being the only players to make the Hall of Fame. Warner, Faulk, Pace, Bruce and Holt all belong.

  34. Iron Wolf says: Aug 15, 2010 8:03 PM

    I agree with others who think that Holt would be fighting for a roster spot. I’d much rather see him lose his spot by being on the field in practice and games than thru injury, but he had a tough road ahead.

  35. solomongrundy says: Aug 15, 2010 8:08 PM

    Pats have enough WR’s. They can’t get to the QB. Worst defense in the NFL.
    —————————————–
    And the crack smoking on PFT continues.
    This Defense is better than last year, and last year
    they were 11th overall. Far from the worst.
    As for Holt, that is a bummer for him, but the talk around NE was he was on the bubble already. Here is hoping he can come back and play next year if he wants.

  36. cbatchel says: Aug 15, 2010 9:06 PM

    Told all my friends that are Pats fans that Holt was another signing like Joey Galloway. Way to old, quit trying to sign all the old fogeys that always end up getting injured just like fred taylor

  37. Patriots51 says: Aug 15, 2010 9:17 PM

    First of all.. if your going to acquire a big time WR your going to have to yah know.. Pay them.. extend contracts what not… and all i keep reading is ” they have welker” everybody and their mother thought he was going to be out until at least week 6…. So if all pats fans were comfortable with Moss, Edelman, and Tate then fine.. i know i wasnt….

  38. solomongrundy says: Aug 15, 2010 10:27 PM

    That is only because you don’t know what you have yet. The Pats don’t need another AAA WR, of all the positions. They need a 50 catch guy. Holt could have been that. Now, seeing that he was sliding down the depth chart, you should be cautiously optimistic about what the Pats have. People forget that B.Tate was going to be a potential first rounder until his injury. If he works out, and from what we have seen in camp and the first game there is no reason to think he is not as advertised.

  39. BP says: Aug 16, 2010 1:59 AM

    He just signed so he could retire a Patriot. Not everybody gets that privilege. BB must like him.

  40. BCGreg says: Aug 16, 2010 7:00 PM

    If Swann and Stallworth are in the HOF, then Holt and Bruce are in. Why not Clayton and Duper?
    I know that Swann and Stallworth have multiple SBs, but if not for Franco Harris and the Defense, those 2 guys don’t get in. Stanley Morgan has better numbers than both of those guys, and he’s not in (he should be–look at his numbers when he retired remembering that he played on a team that still holds the single season team rushing record for yards and played in a run oriented era). Hell Bradshaw isn’t in if the Steelers don’t win the SB! His numbers suck!
    I know. I know. they were on championship teams and had great playoffs. Then, Deion Branch should make the HOF, right? Look at his playoof performances (SB 39 MVP).
    @ Patriots51
    THE PATS DON”T NEED A BIG TIME WR. They have one in Moss. Plus, when the Pats were winning SBs, who were their WRs? Troy Brown, David Patten, David Givens, Deion Branch, Bethel Johnson. Right before Moss and Welker, they had Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell making it to the AFC title game. They don’t need a big time WR. They needed to add on defense. Get Schobel! Pay THAT guy! Not a WR.

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