Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Former Seahawks and current Redskins cornerback Shawn Springs played one of his finest games against Terrell Owens and the Cowboys in Week 5. He draws a different type of receiver when the Rams' Torry Holt visits FedEx Field in Week 6.
The Rams are anxious to get Holt more involved on offense now that Jim Haslett has taken over as head coach. The strategy makes sense on the field -- Holt remains one of the Rams' best players -- and in the locker room, where a happy Holt figures to help Haslett. The new coach talked today about needing to make better use of the team's most talented personnel. He included rookie receiver Donnie Avery in that group.
Holt is on pace to finish this season with 60 receptions for 748 yards and four touchdowns. He finished 2007 with 93 catches for 1,189 yards and seven touchdowns. Holt is feeling better physically this season. He doesn't have Isaac Bruce on the other side, but he should still have more than 15 catches for 187 yards and one touchdown through four games.
Jackson is on pace to finish with 296 carries for 1,076 yards and four touchdowns. He is also on pace to catch 80 passes for 844 yards.
Jackson to reporters today: "You know what, coach Saunders does a great job of allowing me to line up as receiver, split me out in the backfield and different looks for the defense that I haven't done, I guess, since I've been here. I'm definitely on track in receiving, but I am a running back so I love those running yards as well."
The Rams will need to improve on defense to keep games close enough for Jackson to get more favorable carries. He had 346 carries during his breakout season in 2006.