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Published on 10/11/2012 at Thu Oct 11 15:56.
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The Denver Broncos on Thursday were awarded wide receiver/returner Trindon Holliday off waivers from Houston, the team announced.  To make room for Holliday, the team waived rookie safety Duke Ihenahco.

Holliday (5-5, 169 lbs.) is the shortest player to ever appear on the team’s active roster, joining the Broncos after being released by the Texans last week.  A second-year receiver who appeared in all five games with Houston this season, Holliday averaged 9.2 yards per punt return and 19.4 yards per kickoff return to start the season.

It was Holliday’s electrifying preseason that turned heads, when he  averaged 21.1 yards on ten punt returns and scored twice while averaging 39.9 yards on ten kickoff returns and adding another score. The Broncos may name Holliday the team’s new returner, as veteran safety Jim Leonhard has been averaging just 6.8 yards per return as the team’s current punt returner.

Holliday entered the NFL as a sixth round draft selection (197th overall) by the Texans.  In six regular season games, Holliday has returned twenty-seven kicks for 341 yards (12.6 yards per return).  Holliday attended Louisiana State University.

Holliday is a solid addition that shouldn’t have any troubling securing a return gig in Denver.  We’ll see if the team activates him as early as this week when the team travels to San Diego to take on the Chargers on Monday Night Football.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Good return men are hard to find. Solid pickup!

  • Michael Gibbons

    Good return men don’t get waived 5 weeks into the season

  • Michael Gibbons

    Not to be a downer but a lot of us thought Eric page was awesome pick up too. Lets wait and see I hope he can do something cause our returns have been weak

  • Doom92

    I hope he is as sure handed as Leonard, for sure Jimmy isn’t knocking it dead but he does not cough it up either. Something to be said about a sure handed guy back there as well.

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    He wasn’t flat out cut, Brian Cushing was lost for the season so they signed Barrett Ruud to replace him and waived Holliday, citing poor decision making (apparently he dropped one or two balls in the end zone) and wanting to make a complete overhaul on special teams. We’ll see how he pans out.

    The great part is, if he doesn’t pan out, it will have cost the Broncos little. Apposed to drafting or trying to sign a free agent to get the job done and paying a higher price for the same production.

  • Michael Gibbons

    Yeah I get that… But wasn’t Cushing put on IR so Barrett Ruud wouldn’t have put them over the roster number?

  • Jon Broncos Heath

    Solid point, I stand corrected.

  • TD30isMVP

    well he ran a 4.21 forty so if he gets a crease I am guessing he can do something.

  • Bryandotcom

    Good pick up…Hopefully this works out for us. I just don’t want to see him try to do too much and put the rock on the ground.

  • TheTroglodyte

    Very true