Best midseason pickup ever?
Even on one of the deepest rosters in the NFL, the Broncos decided on October 11th, 2012 that they had room enough for a guy who would almost strictly contribute as a return specialist on special teams.
The news here is that Trindon Holliday, the Broncos’ star kick and punt returner, has been named week two Special Teams Player of the Week in the AFC. The bigger story here is what kind of a bargain the Broncos have gotten in Holliday, who has five return touchdowns in 14 games with the Broncos.
Holliday totaled over 1,000 return yards in the 2012 season with the Texans and Broncos, but made his biggest impact in the Mile High City. He scored two touchdowns on returns in the regular season, and also had two return touchdowns in the playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
In week two, Holliday had a brilliant punt return touchdown against the New York Giants. He simply makes returning kicks and punts look easy, so long as he is not fumbling.
When Holliday has the ball in his hands, he is absolutely one of the most electric players in the NFL. He can change direction on a dime and has such great instincts and explosiveness. He’s not easy to take down despite his size, and while he will fumble the ball at times, the bad is something you’re mostly more than willing to take compared to the good.
Post-season included, only Rick Upchurch has more special teams touchdowns in Broncos history than Holliday, and he’s only played in 13 games as a Bronco.
By the way, the Broncos are 12-0 in the regular season since signing on with Denver. In fact, he is 17-0 dating back to his days with the Texans in the season.
Not a bad couple of years for that guy.