Torry Holt went from bright-eyed rookie to full blown superstar wideout, and during that time he earned seven Pro Bowl selections. In 2008, Torry's production dropped significantly as the Rams struggled mightily, both with their quarterback situation and in the win/loss department. Holt's 64 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns were the lowest since his rookie season of 1999.
"It really has been an adjustment because ever since I came in, we've been going to the playoffs and Super Bowls," Holt said. "As a player, as a coach, as an organization, it's a challenge to come in every day and show a great deal of poise and professionalism."
The Rams, clearly in a rebuilding mode, decided to part ways with Holt and he is starting the second chapter of his career in Jacksonville. Holt is certainly the most accomplished of the Jaguars wideouts, but he will now take on a role of team leader, as well as go-to-guy for quarterback David Garrard.
"When you talk to Torry for five seconds, his knowledge of the game and enthusiasm for the game jump out at you the most," Holt's new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter told CBS Sports. "Torry's a football junkie. Having a guy who you know will be in the right place at the right time and knows how to get himself open whether it's versus man or zone coverage is a big plus for us."
"He's looked good," Jaguars offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said. "He doesn't run like he once did, and when we became interested in Torry we watched a lot of film on him and Torry has explained to me that he knows how to take care of himself and be ready when the time comes. You've got to take him on his word on that."
Torry Holt has gone through several phases as an NFL player during his 10-year career. He was a first-round pick trying to justify his draft status, a Super Bowl champion, an All-Pro who was considered the best in the league at his position, and finally now a veteran who's trying to be a reliable possession threat and mentor to the Jaguars group of young receivers.