The last time return specialist Trindon Holliday was at MetLife Stadium he was being routed in the Super Bowl by the Seattle Seahawks. However, now that Holliday has officially signed with the Giants he looks to change his unpleasant feelings toward his new home field.
"It's not a very good one at all, but I'm willing to change those things around this season," said Holliday of his memories from February's big game.
Holliday is a dynamo in special teams at 5-foot-5 and 170 pounds. The Giants are very familiar with Holiday's return ability as he scored on a 105-yard kickoff return and an 81-yard punt return last season against them.
In 31 regular-season games over three seasons, he has returned 80 punts for 752 yards (9.4-yard avg.) and two touchdowns. His 81-yarder in Denver's victory over the Giants last Sept. 15 was the longest of his career.
"I remember it was kind of a short kick," Holliday said of his return against New York. "I was telling my guys to get away from it and it took a bounce in our favor and I just picked it up and made a move."
Holliday also has a 27.1-yard average and two scores on 49 kickoff returns, including a 105-yard touchdown against his new division rivals, the Philadelphia Eagles last Sept 29.
The electric Holliday became the first player in NFL history with a punt return touchdown and a kick return touchdown in the same postseason game against Baltimore two seasons ago. Last season, Holliday finished sixth in the NFL with a 27.7-yard kickoff return average on 28 runbacks. New Giants acquisition, safety Quintin Demps was third with a 30.1-yard average, including a 95-yard touchdown. Both should add a jolt to the struggling special teams of Big Blue as both were well ahead of the Giants' 21.2-yard kickoff return average, which ranked No. 27 in the league.
The only knock on the miniature Holliday is his ball security as he has had several fumbles/near fumbles in the past. New Yorkers can already see coach Tom Coughlin face turning red after a Holliday fumble.
"We had the discussions already," Holliday said of his fumbling history. "He said him and me were going to get real acquainted with ball security. I don't have a problem with that. I've have had some miscues of handling the ball, but it's not going to take much for me to fix that."
Every return Holliday receives should be entertaining, for better or for worse this upcoming season.