The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Tuesday that they have signed wide receiver/kick returner/punt returner Trindon Holliday and promoted defensive end T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad to the active roster.
Holliday (5-5, 166) originally entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick (197th overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve, Holliday spent the 2011 season and part of the 2012 season with Houston before being waived and signing with Denver, where he played the remainder of the 2012 and the 2013 seasons. This past offseason, the former LSU Tiger signed with the New York Giants, which placed him on Injured Reserve on August 30, prior to releasing him on October 6.
Holliday has played in 31 regular season games, totaling 80 punt returns for 752 yards, with two touchdowns, and 49 kick returns for 1,327 yards and two touchdowns. He has also appeared in four postseason contests, tallying three punt returns for 90 yards and a touchdown, as well as 12 kick returns for 344 yards and one touchdown.
Holliday is one of only 15 players in NFL history with at least three punt return touchdowns and three kick return touchdowns (regular season and postseason). Against Baltimore in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/12/13), Holliday recorded the longest punt return in NFL postseason history (90 yards) and the second-longest kick return (104 yards), both for touchdowns, becoming the first player in NFL history to score multiple return touchdowns in a single postseason game.
Fatinikun (pronounced fah-tin-ih-kun) spent the 2014 preseason with the Buccaneers before being waived on August 29. He was signed to the practice squad on September 24.
The team also announced that they have waived wide receiver Solomon Patton and defensive end Scott Solomon.
In addition, the team has signed linebacker Mister Alexander and wide receiver Marcus Thigpen to the practice squad, while releasing linebacker Shayne Skov from the practice squad.
Alexander (6-3, 252) originally entered the league with the Houston Texans in 2011 as a college free agent out of Florida State. Alexander played for Houston for two seasons (2011-12), appearing in 14 games while also spending time on the practice squad, tallying three tackles and nine special teams tackles. In 2013, Alexander played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. This year he has played for the Omaha Mammoths of the Fall Experimental Football League.
Thigpen (5-9, 200) originally entered the league as a college free agent out of Indiana in 2009, signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Thigpen was waived by Philadelphia during the preseason and signed with the Denver Broncos before being waived prior to the start of the regular season. Thigpen then spent three years in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2009) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2010-11).
The Miami Dolphins signed Thigpen in 2012 and he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Miami, playing in 32 career games, tallying nine catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, with seven rushes for 26 yards. He was with Miami through this past offseason and preseason before being released and signing to the New England Patriots practice squad, where he spent the first two weeks of the season before being released and signing to Miami’s practice squad. He was released from the Dolphins’ practice squad on October 14.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya’ll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
Couldn’t get this much movement from a dose of castor oil and a glass of orange juice!
Not sure what more Trindon Holliday can do that Solomon can’t. Both have speed and agility, just Holliday is more proven. It’s hard to fault a guy for not returning a kick when you’re in the back of your endzone. Holliday will only have success if our KR and PR coverage teams give him room, otherwise he’ll just be like Patton.
U Must be a Gator , we now have a legit returner……… Patton made enough bad decisions to cover three years!!!
We’ll see if you’re still wearing rose colored glasses after seeing him in action. Patton didn’t lose a fumble once. Holliday is fumble prone. What bad decisions are you talking about? If you’re going to directly attack me then back it up with proof. Otherwise it goes into the waste bin with all the other erroneous comments.
Attack you? Just educated observation now I know your a Gator!! Ugghhh he has brought out a dozen kicks from 5 yards deep and constantly given us f position shy of the 20
Educated observation? You’ve given no proof, only claims, and seem to be obsessed with claiming that people are Gators. Eat your crow- Holliday washed up and is gone. Your love affair is over.
i like the holiday signing. this team needs some juice and he can provide it on special teams. i think the spark of some big plays is a greater potential reward than the risk of potential fumbles. if we were 5-1 instead of 1-5 I may think differently… who knows, maybe he’s improved his ball control as well.
I definitely support both of these moves at KR/PR and DE. Patton ran straight up the middle into a crowd of people too often for my liking. I just never felt like anything special was going to happen when Patton touched the ball. Holliday has had plenty of special returns in his career. At this point I don’t care who they drop and add at DE. Anything to try and improve that pass rush.
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