The New York Giants have used free agency to address a number of issues from the 2013 season, including an anemic return game. The Giants have signed both Trindon Holliday and Quentin Demps to help boost their special teams unit.
At this point, it’s not clear who will be the team’s starter, but at least New York has options. Both Holliday and Demps are above-average returners and the Giants also have David Wilson in the back pocket depending on his health and role in the 2014 backfield.
Holliday, who was with the Denver Broncos last season, could be a potential problem for head coach Tom Coughlin and the Giants. He’s an explosive returner, but he also has a tendency to drop punts and fumble the football.
In 2013, Holliday had one kickoff return for a touchdown, as well as one punt return for a touchdown (which happened to come against the Giants). However, he also coughed up the football five times. The problem doesn’t seem to be a fluke because Holliday also had five fumbles in 2012.
Coughlin is notorious for having no patience with players who fumble the ball. Last season, Wilson found himself on the bench for the majority of the second half of the season opener after suffering two costly fumbles.
If Holliday is in fact named the starter, it will be interesting to see how much room for error he is given. Recent history indicates this problem will come up at some point for Coughlin and the Giants and because there are other options in the return game, it would not be surprising to see Holliday benched almost immediately after a mistake. However, it also depends on what the situation is when the mistake occurs. A costly error in a big game will surely put Holliday on the pine.