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Thursday, March 26, 2009
Report: Holt visiting Jags Thursday

By Paul Kuharsky
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Paul Kuharsky

Could the Jaguars and Titans be about to play their first game of the 2009 season?

Jim Thomas reports free agent receiver Torry Holt will visit with the Jaguars today. The Titans have reportedly expressed interest as well.

We don't yet know what kind of deal Holt's expecting or if there are other teams pursuing him.

But the Jaguars may be in position to make an exception to their new stance about pricey free agents from the outside. They don't want to operate that way any longer, but are so thin at the spot and so in need of a prime weapon for quarterback David Garrard, they might spend more than they initially intended.

Jacksonville has added left tackle Tra Thomas and safety Sean Considine as free agents.

But with Reggie Williams a free agent they won't try to re-sign, Matt Jones released after a probation violation and Jerry Porter dumped after one disastrous year, the Jaguars are quite thin at receiver:

Jaguars receivers (career)
Player Games Starts Catches Yards Avg. TDs
Dennis Northcutt 128 58 364 4,584 12.6 17
Troy Williamson 47 24 84 1,097 13.1 4
Mike Walker 9 1 16 217 13.6 0
D'Juan Woods 1 0 0 0 0 0
Nate Hughes 0 0 0 0 0 0

Jacksonville needs Holt more than the Titans do.

Tennessee added free agent Nate Washington, who should upgrade the second starting spot opposite Justin Gage held by Justin McCareins last year. Tennessee also has Lavelle Hawkins, a fourth-rounder last year who they believe has upside. That top three is hardly great, but it's better than any three you can pick off the menu of Jacksonville receivers above.

The Jaguars can get a productive leader who most seem to believe still has some good football left in him. If they don't, they may have to defend him twice a year.