The New York Giants signed Trindon Holliday this offseason with an eye on his special teams abilities. However, Holliday’s spot on the team may not be carved in stone.
At just 5-foot-5, Holliday is an elusive playmaker who has made a name for himself on punt and kick returns. The Giants got a first-hand look at that a season ago, as Holliday took a punt 81 yards to the house against New York in Week 2. He also had a kick return for a touchdown last year as well.
Heading into training camp, Holliday’s in the mix for a return job but there is some competition. The Giants also signed safety Quintin Demps this offseason. Demps was ranked third in kick return average last year and Holliday was fifth. Also, if healthy, David Wilson could return to special teams where he shined as a rookie two years ago.
At the punt returner spot, Jerrel Jernigan, Rueben Randle and rookie Odell Beckham Jr. are all viable options. They are also three players who are basically guaranteed a spot on this year’s roster.
The problem with Holliday is that he is likely to get buried on the depth chart at wide receiver. He would only make the team as a return man. Do the Giants really want to give away a roster spot to a player who will only contribute on special teams when the team has other options?
It really all depends on how Holliday does in training camp. If he can show a playmaking ability that sets him apart from the rest of the pack, the Giants will surely keep him. However, if Holliday can’t grab a secure grip on at least one of the return roles, he may be looking for a new team come September.