Scout's Notebook: KR-WR Glenn Holt

The Vikings added an experienced and proven kickoff returner and competition for the No. 4 and No. 5 spots at wide receiver in signing Glenn Holt, who spent his first three NFL seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. Get the full scoop right here:

#16, Glenn Holt, WR (6017, 193, 4.37-4.49) Kentucky

Notes:  Born 7/31/84, in Miami, Florida.  Parents are Glenn Holt, Sr. and Vanessa Harrison.  His father played wide receiver at Louisiana State, Western Kentucky and with the Miami Dolphins.  His cousin, Reginald Holt, played football at Wisconsin and for the Green Bay Packers.  Another cousin, Alan Holt, was a quarterback at the University of Minnesota.  He also lettered in track in high school.

College:  Played in all 12 games as a true freshman (2002), catching 4 passes for 31 yards (7.8 avg.) and one touchdown; also returned 3 kickoffs for 61 yards (20.3 avg.).  Started 5 of 12 games in 2003; caught 14-164-2 (11.7).  Started all 11 games in 2004; caught 49-415-3 (8.5) and rushed 13-117 (9.0 avg.).  Played in 10 games in 2005, catching 21-200-0 (9.5), sitting out one contest with a sore neck.  Majored in sociology.

Pre-Draft:  Measured 6017 (6-foot-1 7/8”), 193 pounds and ran 4.37-4.49 forty, posted a 33 ½-inch vertical jump, 10’-4” broad jump, 4.22 short shuttle, and 7.09 3-cone drill.

Pro:  Signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2006.  Began his rookie season on the practice squad until being promoted to the active roster.  Played in 11 games in 2006; caught one pass for 3 yards and averaged 24.6 yards on 17 kickoff returns with a long of 38 yards. Also contributed on special teams, including downing one punt inside the 10-yard line.  He saw action in all 16 games in 2007, catching 16 passes for 143 yards (10 for first downs) and one touchdown; also returned 59 kickoffs for 1,432 yards (24.3 avg.), including a 100-yard touchdown (YouTube clip) against Buffalo, the second-longest kickoff return in Bengals’ history.  Last season (2008), he played in 15 games, catching 3 passes for 26 yards (2 first downs) and one touchdown while averaging 24.1 on 46 kickoff returns with a long of 60 yards.  A restricted free agent heading into the 2009 offseason, Holt was not tendered a contract offer by the Bengals.  However, the Bengals were said to be trying to re-sign him and he was also reportedly being pursued by the Cleveland Browns.  He signed a one-year contract with the Vikings on March 18, 2009.

Positives:  Has good size, speed and NFL bloodlines.  A consistent and effective kickoff returner with good vision, cutting ability and long speed.  Capable of hitting a seam, making defenders miss and providing long returns.  Can cover punts.  Has nice tools for a West Coast offense-style receiver.  Can catch the ball inside and run after the catch.  Good body control and above-average hands.

Negatives:  A bit straight-linish and unrefined as a route runner.  Has to gear down to make cuts and doesn’t play as fast as he times.  Is not polished or consistent as a receiver.

Summary:  Has a lot of raw ability but lacks some natural feel for the game.  Should compete with Darius Reynaud for the kickoff return job and will benefit greatly from the tutelage of wide receivers coach George Stewart with the Vikings.  With a strong training camp, he could carve out a role with the team this season, but he will have very little margin for error.


“I picked the Vikings because I liked the organization.  They have a winning team, and I really want to be a part of that. My potential role is to help them out on special teams and get in at receiver when they need me.  I'm willing to help the team and do whatever I can to help the team win.”  -Holt, after signing with the Vikings

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