Saturday, March 14, 2009

Is That Irving Fryar I See?

This fan sees Torry Holt and is instantly reminded of another aging WR that the Eagles took a chance on. And that chance was rewarded...BIG TIME!

I am of course talking about Irving Fryar. And when you compare Fryar and Holt, the similarities are everywhere (even their physical make-up is similar; 6 ft, 190-200 lbs).

Prior to singing with the Eagles the stats for Fryar showed a receiver maybe in the decline. In 1993 and 1994 Fryar was a Pro Bowler, posting back-to-back 1,000+ yard receiving seasons. The man was at the top of his game. Then in 1995 Fryar's receiving numbers dropped and he failed to make the Pro Bowl. He was also 33.

Unlike the Eagles of today, the Eagles ignored the age factor and signed Fryar. The result was 2 more appearances in the Pro Bowl and back-to-back seasons of 1,000 yards plus receiving. Hmm, maybe age isn't everything.

A quick look at the stats for Holt shows a drop in his receiving numbers in 2008. But prior to last season the man had a string of 5 straight Pro Bowl appearances. And one could even make the argument that last seasons' dip in production was the result of the Rams' offensive make-up and not a rapid decline in his skills.

Does Holt have some Pro Bowl years left in his 32 year old body like Fryar did? I think it is worth a shot...do the Eagles of today feel the same?

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