While joining Pro Football Talk Monday, Holliday told Erik Kuselias, “Right now to be honest with you I don’t think there’s none in the NFL that’s faster than me.”
We already have seen the highlight reel runs that Holliday recorded during the Broncos’ playoff loss to the Baltimore Ravens while returning a punt and kickoff for touchdowns. We know that between the Broncos and Houston Texans in 2012, the return specialist was 16-0 during the 2012 season, and he was absolutely electric since going to Denver.
But there may be a few players in the NFL that would love to set up a race to prove Holliday and his 4.34 40-yard dash time wrong. Maybe Tennessee Titans RB Chris Johnson, Philadelphia Eagles WR DeSean Jackson or Oakland Raiders WR Jacoby Ford would have something to say on this matter.
While we love to watch the footage of Holliday racing in between tackles while juking and swerving his way to the opponents end zone for a 104-yard return, I would not necessarily agree, or disagree that he is the fastest. One of, definitely.
Holliday has incredible talent and ability to maneuver out of the clutch of defenders, but the best I can put him is in the top five or ten of current NFL players. Remember that Johnson clocked in at 4.24 in the 40-yard dash, while Ford ran a 4.28 and Jackson recorded a 4.29. The NFL is full of speedy players that utilize their talents on the field differently. It just so happens that Holliday spotlights them while returning kicks.
All we really need to do at this point is set up an old-fashioned foot race to eliminate any conjecture. Only then will we be able to verify the claims of the smallest player in the league. I will say this, however. The fastest or not, Broncos fans are sure fortunate to have him returning kicks either way.