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Hawks cut WR Veltung, sign RB Holley

Post by Eric Williams on July 28, 2013 at 10:07 am with 14 Comments »
July 28, 2013 10:08 am

The Seattle Seahawks announced that the team has signed running back Ray Holley this morning. Holley will wear No. 30.

University of Idaho receiver Justin Veltung was released to make room for Holley.

Holley, a Louisiana Tech product, initially signed as an undrafted rookie free agent in April with Baltimore, but was released by the Ravens on May 5.

At 5-8 and 194 pounds, Holley finished 2012 with 142 carries for 740 yards and seven touchdowns, including an 83-yard run. Holley averaged 5.2 yards per carry.

Holley ran a 4.56-second, 40-yard dash at his pro day.

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  1. Could this be to bolster depth in the return game in anticipation of Harvin missing a big chunk of the season?

  2. chuck_easton says:

    That was my first thought.

    It would appear the team may be anticipating a long period without Harvin.

  3. I must say, that was not a particularly impressive highlight reel. He got stuffed on every other play. At 5’8″ and 194, he’s definitely not an every down back in terms of his size. I can only think that they want to bring him in to return kicks and play special teams.

  4. This may be more of an indication that they will rest Turbin more than they had anticipated. With Turbin out our tandem of rookies are getting a lot of work in. Once te pads go on there will be a lot of contact. I hate to use the term camp fodder. How about another set of fresh legs.

  5. MattandCindy says:

    Previous thread: WR’s Greg Herd and Justin Veltung try to hang onto back of Hawks roster.
    Next thread: Seahawks cut WR Justin Veltung.
    Doesn’t this universe just make you say, “Goddamnit.”

  6. MattandCindy – yup, I was just thinking that, like that headline would likely not have gone over well with PC. He probably doesn’t want to hear about players trying to hang onto the coat-tails of a team, but players trying to force their way onto the starting lineup.

    Ray Holley has returned one kickoff for eight yards at La Tech(?) There is a UFA KR & PR who played OK for DET last season, (Stefan Logan) but he’s 32 years old. It surprised me he was that old because he was only drafted in ’07. Pickings appear sparse for good returners right now. Maybe when some more vets get picked up, or later in Aug when cutdowns begin?

  7. tealskin says:

    The highlight reel as receiver was more interesting. Does well when he’s in space. Didn’t seem to get many holes to run through as RB. Is he also a kick returner?

  8. MattandCindy says:

    klm- No back ends or coat tails on this team. I wonder what Veltung was thinking when he was doing the interview about making the team yesterday, and what he’s thinking now. Never get too comfortable.

    And you guys seem to be right on concerning Holley as a KR, at least from his highlights, which again, can be misleading. But when your highlights are 1/2 lowlights…it’s disconcerting.

  9. Ray Holley has only one kickoff return at La Tech that I’ve seen, for 8 yards. So he probably wasn’t acquired for his known performance as a kickoff/punt returner. Maybe SEA’s pro-personnel guys saw something they liked from videos of Ray’s rushing and receiving that makes them believe he would make a good project for a returner (kinda like Sweezy and Sherm).

  10. montanamike2 says:

    I call camp fodder.

  11. raymaines says:

    I’m all for anybody named Ray, especially if he’s about 5’8″ tall, but this move confuses me. Did Veltung get into a pissy match with a coach or something? I would think a 5’8″ return guy would be about 174 not 194. Lets hope he’s got real long legs.

  12. tealskin says:

    There has to be a Harvin connection. Holley was cut on May 5 so it’s not like he was snapped up as soon as available. Maybe he’s camp fodder but I hope there’s more to it than that. Seems like a decent guy and it would be great if he turned some heads, and made it somewhere.

  13. The twins do this kind of move all the time – we might see him cut next week for all we know.

  14. I’m from Louisiana and know a bit about La Tech. You’ve got to be pretty smart to go to Tech, no matter your football skills.

    He had a horrible o’line. Re-watch the tape. The o’line, receiver’s, QB, etc all gave up once the hand off was completed. He was alone on an island. Pretty tough kid.

    Having said all that, I don’t think he’s an NFL back. I think he’s pretty smart and has a high motor, could make special teams but nothing more than that.

    Of course, who knows? Once he runs behind a decent O’line and gets some great coaching/confidence then he might turn into one of those hard working players that stick around.

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