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

AP

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.