Monday, June 11, 2012
In Essence, Patriots Get Rid Of One Reality "Star" Wide Receiver For Another
In a pair of moves that will probably be long forgotten by August, when both are cut, the New England Patriots signed wide receiver/special teamer Jesse Holley and undrafted rookie tight end Jeremy Urban.
The only reason five people in the world know who Holley is stems from the fact that he won a reality show "4th and Long" which was hosted by uberbozo Michael Irvin for one glorious season in 2009. As a result, he earned a spot on the Dallas Cowboys. The University of North Carolina product was on the practice squad in 2009 but he was added to the 53-man roster of the Cowboys in 2010.
He caught seven passes for 169 yards and no touchdowns last season. In two seasons, he also made 18 tackles (14 solo) with four assists and he forced two fumbles. The Pats dumped Chad Johnson (who looks like he's headed to the Dolphins) last week and truthfully, they have no need for another wide receiver since they already have a million of them that are all better than Johnson and Holley. As I usually say with fringe players like this, his only hope to make the Patriots is on special teams (probably as a gunner) but they already have one Matthew Slater thank you very much.
The other player signed by New England today is a much longer shot to do anything of note in Foxborough. The mystery man's name is Tyler Urban and he was an undrafted tight end out of West Virginia. He was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers but dropped after less than three weeks in their rookie mini-camps so he's probably nothing more than a healthy body for practice while Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and Daniel Fells get in shape.