Posted Thu Oct 11th by Jon Heath
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.