Key Matchup: Jason David vs. Torry Holt

If Torry Holt can play on Monday Night, he'll be providing one of the key matchups of the contest along with Colts cornerback Jason David.

Here is one match-up that scares Colts fans.

After holding a gimpy Arnaz Battle without a catch last week, the test gets a lot harder for Jason David this week. In fact, it's safe to say this will be the toughest match-up he's encountered so far in 2005.

Indianapolis knows Bulger will want to try and go deep to Holt at some point. But they also know Holt is very elusive after the catch in the open field. This means a safety will likely always have an eye on him.

Jason David is a small corner, but plays big and has playmaker ability. He features excellent body control and great feet. His solid foot quickness and speed allows him to stay close in coverage. This permits him to play kind of a pseudo press, although he is in a zone. He has good football instincts. He recognizes, reads and jumps routes very well. Jason also knows his strengths and weaknesses.

So while he may want to press, he knows that he just does not have the physical assets necessary to jam at the line often. He still will take too many chances from time to time and get beat when trying to lure opposing quarterbacks into throwing to his side by showing a cushion. But that was something he did more as a rookie than now.

Torry Holt is an upper-echelon wide receiver. He is a threat all over the field; short, deep, over the middle, inside-outside. He has tremendous acceleration and quickness and can be very elusive in the open field. Catching the deep ball is still his greatest attribute. He shows a second gear when tracking the ball downfield, adjusts well to passes thrown outside his frame and does a good job of keeping both feet inbounds when running vertical routes along the sideline. Bulger and Holt still love to go deep, so expect them to test Jason, especially when they see a safety cheating down.

Torry Holt is no longer just a vertical threat. After seeing consistent double teams for the first time in his career last season, Torry realized he had to add dimensions to his game. So he has now developed into a sound route-runner who makes adjustments and can easily find the soft spot when working against zone coverage.

He's smart, too. He reads defenses well, knows how to collapse the safety inside before breaking outside when getting vertical.

On the negative side, he does not like to go over the middle and will make the mistake of taking his eyes off the ball to locate defenders. He is not physical, so corners will have success muscling him out of routes when they are able to get their hands into his frame.

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