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Thursday, October 23, 2008
Holt, Moss looking to pick up pace

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Rams receiver Torry Holt is on pace to finish the season with 61 catches for 696 yards and three touchdowns (2.67, actually). Patriots receiver Randy Moss, whose team faces the Rams on Sunday, is on pace to finish with 67 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns (10.67).

Those would qualify as down seasons for two of the NFL's great receivers. According to the Rams, Holt has averaged more receiving yards per game (81.9) for his career than any player in league history. Moss ranks second on the list at 78.5 yards per game, followed by Marvin Harrison (78.5), Jerry Rice (75.6) and Lance Alworth (75.5).

Holt is averaging only 43.5 yards per game this season. Moss' average is at 61.5 yards.

As improved as the Rams have appeared in the last two games, they still aren't getting the ball to Holt consistently.

Holt's yards per receptions have declined steadily over the years. Pointing to age would be the easy explanation. Holt is 32. The Rams' offense has also changed dramatically from the freewheeling days of the Greatest Show on Turf. A quick look at Holt's average yards per reception since he averaged an astounding 19.9 yards in 2000: 16.8, 14.3, 14.5, 14.6, 13.0, 12.8, 12.8 and 11.3.