Since the Broncos signed wide receiver Trindon Holliday on Oct. 11, the 5-foot-5 return man has given the team exactly he was brought in for.
His contributions go well beyond his touchdown returns in back-to-back weeks against Cincinnati and Carolina. Dating back to Week 6, when he became a Bronco, Holliday leads the NFL with a 37.4 kick return average and ranks second in the NFL with a 13.0 punt return average.
At Kansas City in Week 12, he returned two kicks for 50 and 42 yards, allowing Denver to start drives from near midfield.
On Sunday against the Buccaneers, he returned four punts for 95 yards.
His first punt return of the game went for 17 yards in the first quarter and set the offense up on its own 35-yard line, rather than its own 20. On that drive, the Broncos jumped out to an early 7-0 lead.
In the third quarter, Holliday fielded a 63-yard punt on the Denver 27-yard line and brought it all the way out to near midfield for a 21-yard return.
Four plays later, the Broncos took a 14-10 lead with a Peyton Manning-to-Demaryius Thomas touchdown.
Denver scored another touchdown, also to Thomas, after Holliday fielded the next punt and returned it for 12 yards out to the 43-yard line.
“We were getting great field position with Trindon,” Thomas said after the game about what enabled the team’s 21-point third quarter.
When the Broncos acquired Holliday, they were 2-3. Since then, they are 7-0. With his 5-0 start as a Houston Texan before being let go, he is the only 12-0 player in the league.
Holliday’s spark in the return game isn’t the only reason for the team’s success in the last two months, but it’s one of them.
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