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Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot
By Jim Thomas
Of the Post-Dispatch
Sunday, Dec. 26 2004
But receiver probably will go because of Owens' injury
Torry Holt led the NFL in receptions and receiving yards a year ago.
Since the start of the 2000 season, he has more reception yards (7,177) than
anyone in the NFL. So the track record and the name recognition are there.
This season, Holt entered the weekend's games ranked among the NFL's top five
receivers in catches (80) and yards (1,181).
Yet, when the Pro Bowl berths were announced Wednesday, Holt was on the outside
looking in. Only four receivers will represent the NFC in the Pro Bowl Feb. 13
in Hawaii, and Holt finished fifth in the balloting behind Philadelphia's
Terrell Owens, New Orleans' Joe Horn, Green Bay's Javon Walker and Carolina's
"I'm disappointed," Holt said. "That's one of my goals coming into the year.
I'm disappointed when I don't make it."
Holt started out relatively slowly this season, with only one 100-yard game and
two touchdown catches in the Rams' first five games. But he has had six TD
catches and four 100-yard contests since then.
"I had been coming on of late, so I felt like I had a pretty good shot of
making the Pro Bowl," Holt said. "I'm still trying to figure the formula, what
it is I have to do to make the Pro Bowl on a consistent basis.
"I'm also disappointed that Ike (Isaac Bruce) didn't make it. Ike's been
playing well. A lot of people had him written off this year. But he played at a
Pro Bowl-caliber level all year."
A wrist injury and general wear and tear have limited Bruce to nine catches for
82 yards over his last three games. Bruce's overall numbers (76 for 1,108
yards) aren't much different from Holt's. But two lost fumbles in a Monday
night loss to Green Bay and a relatively low touchdown total (four) probably
hurt Bruce in Pro Bowl balloting.
Undoubtedly, Bruce and Holt get hurt at Pro Bowl time by being on the same team
- in terms of splitting votes and receptions.
"If I was probably with Atlanta doing what I was doing, I would probably get
in," Holt said. "If I was with someone else, I would get in. With us being on
the same team, we probably cancel each other out.
"But it's fine. It's over and done with. I'm very excited for the guys that
have gotten in. Javon Walker, Muhsin, and Joe, and Terrell Owens. Those guys
had terrific years as well."
Holt has been noticeably better this year catching 50-50 balls, passes that are
thrown into traffic.
"I feel like I've been consistently getting better and better since I stepped
into the National Football League," Holt said. "And not to be mentioned, and
not to be up there considered as that Pro Bowl receiver year after year, that
Still, Owens' ankle injury probably will keep him out of the Pro Bowl and send
Holt to Hawaii as first alternate.
A start for Hargrove?
Don't be surprised if rookie Anthony Hargrove opens tonight's game at right
defensive end ahead of Bryce Fisher. Hargrove got most of the reps with the
first unit in practice last week.
If that's the case, the Rams will have two youngsters starting on their
defensive line against 13-1 Philadelphia: Hargrove and tackle Jimmy Kennedy.
Kennedy, last year's first-round pick, has started the past three games and
played reasonably well.
Hargrove, a third-round draft pick from Georgia Tech, was slowed by a stinger
in his neck and shoulder area for several games around midseason. He also has
missed time because of two concussions suffered while running down kickoffs.
But he has shown flashes of run-stopping ability at end, and last week in
Arizona he recorded his first sack. On the play, Hargrove forced a fumble by
Josh McCown, with teammate Leonard Little scooping up the ball and racing 61
yards for the only Rams touchdown.
"I thought that was the spark we needed," Hargrove said. "I thought that might
be the start of something big."
Uh, no. The Rams lost 31-7.
Re: Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spotOriginally Posted by Jim Thomas
-12-27-2004 #3SFCRamFan Guest
Re: Despite good stats, Holt can't catch Pro Bowl spot
False starts and dropped balls = no pro bowl. "Big Game" Holt has had fewer big games this year IMO to warrant a vote appearance. However, due to injuries around the league, he should get in through steady play, name recognition, and past performance...
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