For the past two seasons, a pressing question has been the lack of a kick returner on the roster. Welker, Woodhead, Edelman, and others have all tried their hand at it. Every time Welker returns one, we cringe. Woodhead famously dropped the ball in the Ravens AFC Championship. Edelman seems limited to punt returner. Vereen and Stallworth have both tried their hand at this during early workouts this year. Today, the Patriots complicate the WR depth chart and bring a bit of competition for the KR job.Holley is most famous for winning 4th and Long, making the Cowboys roster along with receivers like Bryant, Robinson, and Austin, and making a miracle play for the Cowboys to win their Week 2 matchup with the vaunted 49ers. After receiving a sizable bit of publicity, he languished on the bench, unable to beat out the established names in front of him. Yet Cowboy fans had high hopes for him.
Back at the beginnng of Free Agency, Blogging with the Boys commenters mentioned him as a low-cost replacement for Laurent Robinson, someone who could fill out the depth chart and adequately back up the likes of Bryant and Austin.
Holley is motivated, hard-working, and high-energy. He is 6-3 and 210, offering decent speed and catch radius. Clearly, he's unproven and still very much unknown. He has returned a punt for a touchdown before. The Patriots liked him enough though to sign him and let Ocho go. It'll be interesting to see if he can beat out Branch and Stallworth and learn the playbook.
Overall, a very solid move for the Patriots. We'll get a better sense of what they intend for him once we see the contract details.