According to multiple reports the Giants have agreed to terms with former Denver Broncos kick/punt returner Trindon Holliday.
So it seems the rich, become richer. After already making the biggest splash of the day, signing Holliday’s teammate in Denver, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, and also signing returner Quintin Demps and slot corner Walter Thurmond, the Giants special teams gets even better.
Last season Football Outsiders rated the Giants special teams 28th in the league with their advanced metrics (21st when weighted). Their return game was especially bad and the additions of Holliday and Demps should help alleviate this as Dan Graziano of ESPN points out:
The Giants ranked 27th in kick return average in 2013. They’ve now signed the players who ranked 3rd and 5th.
— Dan Graziano (@DanGrazianoESPN) March 17, 2014
Holliday’s deal is reported to be for one year. At 5’5, 169lbs Holliday is really pigeonholed as a return man. Over the last two seasons Holliday has amassed 752 yards and 2 touchdowns on punt returns (9.3 yards per return) and 1327 yards and 2 touchdowns on kick returns (27.1 yards per return). However, Holliday has been prone to fumbles, 11 over the last two seasons, which he will need to correct if he wants to stay out of Tom Coughlin’s dog house. With that being said, Holliday’s 4.34 speed and elusive moves in the open will be a welcome sight to Giants’ fans who have been craving a dynamic returner for years.
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