Broncos’ special teams miscues give Chargers early lead

AP

Trindon Holliday got cut last week. He might get cut this week, too.

Holliday, the diminutive return man who was claimed by the Broncos off waivers from the Texans last week, muffed a punt in the first quarter on Monday night to set up the Chargers in the red zone. Although the Broncos’ defense held the Chargers without a first down, the good field position gave Nick Novak an easy 32-yard field goal and gave the Chargers a 3-0 lead.

Although Holliday has blazing speed and looked great in the preseason with the Texans, he makes too many mistakes as a return man, and he’s running out of opportunities to make it in the NFL. A 5-foot-5 guy who can fly can be a lot of fun to watch, but if he can’t hold onto the ball, he can’t return kicks in the NFL.

After the Chargers’ field goal, Broncos kickoff returner Omar Bolden fumbled the ensuing kickoff, again setting up the Chargers in great field position. This time Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers responded with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Gates, giving the Chargers a 10-0 lead.