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Trindon Holliday: When returning kicks, it helps to be short

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At 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds, Trindon Holliday has heard people question whether he’s big enough to play in the NFL. But Holliday says that he’s actually better off being small.

Holliday, who signed with the Giants on Monday, told the team’s website that it’s easier to find a lane on a kick return when you’re the smallest guy on the field. Holliday said opposing players sometimes have trouble spotting him because he’s behind bigger blockers.

“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.”

Holliday (pictured jawing with 5-foot-10 Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin) also has a speed advantage over virtually everyone in the NFL. He was a two-sport athlete at LSU, where he won the NCAA championship in the 100 meters in 2009. He’ll put that speed to use as the Giants’ punt and kickoff returner this year, and opposing teams will struggle to keep up — and struggle to find him in a mass of much larger men.

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39 Responses to “Trindon Holliday: When returning kicks, it helps to be short”
  1. broncobeta says: Mar 18, 2014 2:43 PM

    Really? Because I think everyone saw you drop the ball every time you got sneezed on last season.

  2. rosmith51 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:47 PM

    Really… they won’t need to bother struggling to find him… they only thing they need to do is look for wherever he left the ball on the field…

  3. eaglesnoles05 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    Sproles.

  4. fin72 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    The Seahawks had no problem finding him in the Super Bowl.

  5. linvillegorge says: Mar 18, 2014 2:48 PM

    Makes sense. Remember Dante “The Human Joystick” Hall? Most of the elite return men in NFL history are under 6′. There are exceptions (Patrick Peterson being on), but they are exceptions, not the rule.

  6. broncfanor says: Mar 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    It may help to be short when you return the ball but it doesn’t seem to help you catch the darn thing.

    I liked Holiday but his risk finally outweighed his reward.

  7. vicnocal says: Mar 18, 2014 2:50 PM

    He’s right, which makes Jacoby Jones’s kick returns, at 6 ft 2, even more impressive. Of course, he also has a longer stride.

  8. arwiv says: Mar 18, 2014 2:52 PM

    I think Demps is going to be returning kickoffs, not holliday.

  9. bmorepositive123 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:53 PM

    I always knew he was small, but that picture and description that Boykins is 5’10 reallllllly puts things into perspective.

  10. tvguy22 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:54 PM

    Helps to hold on to the ball, too.

  11. dbfan4ever says: Mar 18, 2014 2:54 PM

    I don’t think Pat McAfee had any trouble seeing you when he laid you out!

  12. marvsleezy says: Mar 18, 2014 2:55 PM

    There goes another touchback – nothing to see here, thanks Roger.

  13. oreo51 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    He should be improved after watching Percy Harvin show him how it is done in the Super Bowl.

  14. snowdood163 says: Mar 18, 2014 2:56 PM

    Good luck with this guy Giants fans. This is one Broncos fan that is happy to see him go. I say that as a witness to every one of his TDs.

  15. readysethike says: Mar 18, 2014 2:58 PM

    he is a return specialist. not good for anything else. if he starts to fumble the way he did in Denver, then i can see him easily being replaced by Demps or Wilson. everyone knows Coughlin is not to fond of fumblers.

  16. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Mar 18, 2014 3:02 PM

    Having great speed helps a little too. Holiday is an exciting kick returner for sure but known to drop the ball occasionally.

  17. ckg0913 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:02 PM

    Until the kicker lays the wood on you.

  18. afcdomination says: Mar 18, 2014 3:04 PM

    lot of thumbs down on the demps comment. don’t think that is fair to demps. he set an all time KC Chiefs record for KR AVG in a season. also had 2 KR TD’s. would be a mistake if the giants weren’t planning to use him there.

  19. bigbluebeast says: Mar 18, 2014 3:04 PM

    Glad to have him :)

  20. patsbrat says: Mar 18, 2014 3:05 PM

    Fast and elusive is way more important than small. Small sometimes contributes to fast and elusive.

  21. htown1035 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:12 PM

    Now you know why the Texans let him go.

  22. mrlaloosh says: Mar 18, 2014 3:17 PM

    Texans? Not only him but they let go of Jacoby Jones also. Texans? Bwa-Ha-Haaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!…,.,,,,HA~

  23. dtownsportslions says: Mar 18, 2014 3:18 PM

    You have to give Kick Returners credit. You have to be fearless to wait for a ball in the air while 10 guys get a 50 yard head start to knock your block off.

  24. 8to80texansblog says: Mar 18, 2014 3:23 PM

    At least the Broncos got a few TDs out of him before they realized his hands were made of butter….

    Texans not so lucky…

  25. nfl fan says: Mar 18, 2014 3:25 PM

    ANYTHING is an upgrade!

  26. themackstrong says: Mar 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    Holiday is explosive but he has a ball security issue. Seattle rather than kick it out of the back of the end zone, they kicked high directional kicks in the Super Bowl. When he didn’t run back to the 13 or 15 yard line, he almost coughed one up in the 3rd quarter but his knee was down before the ball came out a millisecond after his forearm hit.

  27. harrisonhits2 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:27 PM

    He’s right, there are a lot of little guys that seem to weasel in, under and between the big men where you’d think none could get through.

    Wes Welker and Danny Woodhead did that for the Pats, Edelman is also comparatively short, Sproles is another as somebody mentioned above, there are quite a few more.

  28. formerworldchamps says: Mar 18, 2014 3:35 PM

    5 foot 2,eyes of blue,oh what those 5 feet can do.

  29. listenup823 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:40 PM

    Get used to having a heart attack Giants fans, everytime this guy touches the ball…

  30. lic112014 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:45 PM

    I will be thinking of you poor Broncos haters when this boy is doing great for us.Nobody was saying anything about fumbles when he returned two kicks for touchdowns in the playoffs against the Ravens.If your safety was where he should have been,Jacoby Jones would not have made that catch.Bashing is just a way to hide the hurt.

  31. sarcastafan says: Mar 18, 2014 3:46 PM

    Decker was a better returner…when the Buffalo Wild Wings grounds keeper wasn’t flipping sprinklers up. Better than fumbling tho.

    The Redskins are excited for this signing!

  32. winstonjed44 says: Mar 18, 2014 3:56 PM

    It also helps if you actually catch the ball. The guy can be a game changer, but has become such a risk that do you really trust to put him back there in big moments?

  33. snoqualmkanem says: Mar 18, 2014 4:19 PM

    He is fine until one of the opposing team gets an angle on him that he can’t get out of… scared deer in the headlights at that point.

  34. orangeandblueblood says: Mar 18, 2014 4:28 PM

    Sorry but the risk didn’t equal the reward with this guy!

  35. iowamiah says: Mar 18, 2014 4:38 PM

    Devin Hester is 5’11″.

  36. justintuckrule says: Mar 18, 2014 5:20 PM

    I’ll take 3 or 4 fumbles if it equates to 2 TDs and 700 or so yards of added field position. I’m sick of starting on my own 18 or 10 after every kick.

  37. taintedsaints2009 says: Mar 18, 2014 5:37 PM

    this guy is the only reason the broncos didn’t get blown out by baltimore last year in the playoffs. i’d say he is worth the risk. i’d like to think when he got benched he worked on securing the football.

  38. cmgftbll19 says: Mar 18, 2014 7:34 PM

    I trust coughlin with things like these, I think if tommy thinks for a second that this is more of a risk than punt returning already is, his quickness won’t be worth it. Hold onto the ball trindon

  39. bigbluwreckincrew83 says: Mar 18, 2014 7:38 PM

    I’m not too worried about the ball security issue because of one word- Coughlin. Never forget how he turned Tikis fumblitis around in one season

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