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Jags Wooing Holt, Possibly Sanchez

Mar 26, 2009 – 2:50 PM
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Heading into last season, the Jacksonville Jaguars brought in Troy Williamson and Jerry Porter in an attempt to give quarterback David Garrard some outside weapons. The Jags, as we all know, had torn through the league in 2007 with a stellar running game and defense. The passing attack was efficient, but not explosive.

Needless to say, Porter and Williamson didn't work out as intended. With the release of their leading receiver from last year -- the troubled Matt Jones -- the passing attack is in desperate need of a shot in the arm. Enter Torry Holt and Mark Sanchez.

Holt is reportedly visiting Jacksonville Thursday. Holt is never going to return to the days of 2003 -- when he caught 117 passes for 1,696 yards and 12 touchdowns -- but he's only going to be 33 years-old this season. It's entirely possible the drastic decline in his numbers between 2007 and 2008 was due to the anemic offense being carted out each week by the hapless Rams. He was still their leading receiver, after all.

As for Sanchez: According to Michael Lombardi of the National Football Post, the Jaguars have been looking "long and hard" at quarterbacks for their first-round choice and are giving "strong consideration" to the former USC signal-caller. Not many disagree that Sanchez has potential in this league, but he's only got one year of collegiate starts under his belt. Most agree that he's not ready to immediately help a team. If the Jags did draft him, you'd expect him to sit one year while learning the ropes as Garrard took the snaps.

The Jags would still need to address the offensive line, should the two above acquisitions take place, whether it's via free agency or later draft picks. Still, it appears the Jags are very serious about improving the passing attack -- both for the present and the future.
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