In an effort to improve Tampa Bay’s mediocre return game, the Buccaneers have signed veteran Trindon Holliday. The acquisition of Holliday could come at the expense of rookie return specialist Solomon Patton, who has averaged 11.2 yards per punt return and 23.1 yards on kickoff returns. Patton’s longest punt return is a 33-yard effort, while his longest kick return has traveled just 28 yards.
Holliday, in his fifth season out of LSU, worked out for the team on Monday and was signed on Tuesday. At 5-foot-5, 177 pounds, it is believed that Holliday is the smallest player currently in the NFL.
Holliday is expected to take over both kick and punt return duties for Tampa Bay, and has had success in both areas. Alternating between the Houston and Denver franchises from 2011-13, Holliday has returned 80 punts, 752 yards and two touchdowns. He has also returned 49 kicks for 1,327 yards and two touchdowns – both of which covered 105 yards.
Holliday burst into the national spotlight with the Broncos in the 2012 season by returning a punt 90 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter of the AFC Championship Game against Baltimore, and then returning a kickoff 104 yards for a score in the third quarter. He became the first player in NFL postseason history to accomplish that feat. Holliday totaled 256 yards in the return game, but Denver lost 38-35.
The reason why Holliday is available despite some of his NFL success is that he has a propensity to fumble. For that reason, he is considered to be a feast-or-famine-type player. Yet for a Bucs team that is 1-5 on the season, signing Holliday may be a good gamble that can help spark Tampa Bay’s return game.
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I wonder why we didnt go after Harvin more? He would have added more than Holiday IMO
Perhaps because Holiday didn’t cost us a draft pick and Harvin is a problem child in multiple ways. He is small, I bet he gets lost behind linemen pretty well.
@jayseven…Happy as sh#t that we didn’t go after Harvin. Too many personal issues to add to our locker room right now. If he was unhappy in Seattle, can you imagine how he would feel in Tampa Bay ?
Not excited about a shrimp returner who can be stripped easier than our lightest RB. Patton is small but lived in the weight room and was no fumbler. Licht should have acquired a proven returner who doesn’t fumble.
It’s worth a gamble. Need a spark for the return game.
I’ll put it to you this way…Jason Licht has not been impressive, at all, since he’s been here. I don’t think he recognizes talent. I wish we would have never let Rich McKay go…would love to see him back!
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