March 22, 2018

Is Trindon Holliday A Luxury?

Recently, the Houston Texans had to make roster adjustments due to safety Quintin Demps breaking his forearm. The Texans had to add another safety to the fold while cutting someone to stay at the league required 53 man roster. The Texans resigned safety Troy Nolan back to the roster while cutting quarterback John Beck. Before the cut was made, a debate amongst Texans fans and media sparked about who would be the player that the Texans cut to make room for Nolan. The first and most common name that came up was Trindon Holliday. Holliday was the least likely player that any of us as Texans fans believed would make the roster. The main reason for this is because, although he had tremendous speed, we never truly saw him develop as a receiver or returner. Holliday was a player brimming with potential, but it would always seem as though the game was too big for him (figuratively and literally).

Trindon was supposed to be the answer for the Texans as a returns specialist and in a pinch be a slot receiver. Holliday has underwhelmed in these areas until this year, previously he was cut twice and brought back. At the start of this season, it was almost a consensus that the Texans would cut Holliday by the end of the preseason. Then Holliday showed us why the Texans continued to hold onto him by having three returns for touchdowns. During the preseason, Holliday fumbled a couple of catches but fortunately there was nobody around him to cause a turnover. He showed the ability to break tackles and has held onto the ball while being hit hard at times.

The questions that I have for most fans is do you believe that Trindon Holliday is a luxury, or do you think his time has run its course? If you were to cut Holliday, then who would be better? Gary Kubiak has made it clear that he doesn’t want to place Danieal Manning back into the return game. He also doesn’t want to place Keshawn Martin in that spot as he has been prone to drop some balls. Justin Forsett could be an option, but is he the game breaker that Holliday is? Absolutely not. Forsett would be the best option if Holliday proves that he can no longer protect the ball or help flip the field, however, I believe if Holliday were cut and Forsett takes over, then the Texans would go back to status quo 19-20 yard returns and a cloud of dust.

At Seattle, Forsett was used in the return game and averaged 8.1 yards per punt return and 23 yards on kickoff returns with no touchdowns. Holliday has averaged 9.6 yards per punt return and 23 yards per kickoff return with no touchdowns. Both players are comparable in this aspect, but Forsett hasn’t shown the same potential to be a game breaker like Holliday has. At this point of the season, I believe it’s too early to pull the plug on Holliday.  However, if he doesn’t get better at fielding returns, I would like to see Forsett rotated in as the season progresses. What are your thoughts?

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