Giants add return specialist Trindon Holliday

Posted Mar 18, 2014

Giants' Free Agent signings continue with return specialist Trindon Holliday

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. –The Giants are serious about upgrading their return game. Trindon Holliday, who last season scored on a 105-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard punt return (against the Giants), today became the latest player to move to MetLife Stadium. He will join safety Quintin Demps, one of Sunday’s acquisitions, as players expected to give the Giants’ returns a much-needed jolt.


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Holliday is the second former member of the AFC champion Denver Broncos to sign with the Giants in the last day, joining cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.

“It’s great to get an opportunity to come out and be part of another team,” Holliday said. “I’m signed to do a job and that’s come in and help this team out on special teams as best as possible. I’ll be ready to report.

“The team’s going in the right direction. The Giants are trying to get back to their winning ways. This offseason has had some good things and I look forward to the rest.”

Holliday‘s most recent memory MetLife Stadium was very unpleasant; his Broncos were crushed by Seattle in Super Bowl XLVIII, 43-8.

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“It’s not a very good one at all, but I’m willing to change those things around this season,” he said.

Although he is just 5-5 and 170 pounds, Holliday’s speed and elusiveness have made him one of the NFL’s most dangerous return specialists.

“Sometimes, I think my size is an advantage,” Holliday said. “I can field the kicks and hide behind those big linemen when the other guys are coming down. It’s hard for them to see me.”

In 31 regular-season games over three seasons, he has returned 80 punts for 752 yards (9.4-yard avg.) and two touchdowns. His 81-yarder in Denver’s victory over the Giants last Sept. 15 was the longest of his career.

“I remember it was kind of a short kick,” Holliday said. “I was telling my guys to get away from it and it took a bounce in our favor and I just picked it up and made a move.”

Holliday also has a 27.1-yard average and two scores on 49 kickoff returns, including a 105-yard touchdown vs. Philadelphia last Sept 29.

“They told me they expect me to do both,” Holliday said. “I’m going to work my way in and earn the respect from the coaches and the trust that I can get back there and do those things.”

Holliday’s impressive numbers don’t include his record-setting performance in an AFC Divisional Playoff Game vs. Baltimore on Jan. 12, 2013, when Holliday returned a punt in the first quarter for a 90-yard touchdown, the longest punt return in postseason history. In the third quarter, he ran back a kickoff 104 yards for another score to become the first player in NFL history with a punt return touchdown and a kick return touchdown in the same postseason game. He had 256 total punt and kick return yards, but the Broncos lost, 38-35, in double overtime.

Last season, Holliday finished sixth in the NFL with a 27.7-yard kickoff return average on 28 runbacks. Demps was third with a 30.1-yard average, including a 95-yard touchdown. Both were well ahead of the Giants’ 21.2-yard kickoff return average, which ranked 27th in the league.

Holliday was 17th in the NFL with an 8.5-yard punt return average, which placed him immediately ahead of the Giants’ Rueben Randle in the league rankings. As a team, the Giants were 26th with an average return of 7.2 yards.

Holliday has fumbled on occasion in the past, which will not endear him to Tom Coughlin should it occur again.

“We had the discussions already,” Holliday said. “He said him and me were going to get real acquainted with ball security. I don’t have a problem with that. I've have had some miscues of handling the ball, but it’s not going to take much for me to fix that.”

Holliday entered the NFL as a 2010 sixth-round draft choice of the Houston Texans, the 197th overall selection, from LSU. He spent that season on injured reserve after hurting his thumb in the preseason. The next year, Holliday spent most of the season on the Texans’ practice squad, though he did play in one game.

In 2012, Holliday played in five games for Houston before he was waived on Oct. 10. The Broncos claimed him the next day and he played 10 games for Denver. On Nov. 11, Holliday returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against Cincinnati.

In 2012, Holliday's teams went undefeated during the regular season (5-0 with Houston and 10- with Denver).

Holliday finished his career at LSU second in school history with 1,806 return yards and seventh with 647 punt return yards. He was also an eight-time All-America in tracking and field, capturing the 2009 NCAA title in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.0 seconds.

Holliday is a native of Zackary, La.