Looking into what Gary Kubiak said after OTAs, it appears that Trindon Holliday may need to pick up the slack and learn a receiver role to stick on the Texans future 53-man roster. If he does not, the practice squad may be an option for Holliday.
“He’s what we thought he was as far as his talent and all that. But in this league he’s going to have to play wide receiver so he’s got a long, long way to go,” Texans Head Coach Gary Kubiak told the AP. ”He’s way behind. He’s got a long way to go to prove to this team that he knows what the hell he’s doing.”
Kubiak says Holliday needs to prove to the Texans that he “knows what the hell he’s doing.” That’s a strong statement from the head coach to the rookie, a sprinter who ran the 100-meter dash in 10.02 seconds at the NCAA Track and Field Championships while playing football for LSU. It will be exciting to see if Holliday can pick up the pace and show the Texans he’s made to break ankles and open eyes at the NFL level.
For the Texans, they know what waiting on a project receiver is all about (See Jacoby Jones), and talent and athleticism like Holliday’s may be worth the wait. However, the future 53-man roster will already have a solid punt returner in Jacoby Jones and a seasoned kick returner in Andre “Apostrophe” Davis. Yet, both receivers spend more time at their respective receiver roles, opening up their return positions for younger players like Holliday.
On May 28, Holliday reported in his HoustonTexans.com Rookie Diary that he’s unsure if he’s the fastest Texan.
“For those who are wondering, I don’t know yet if I’m the fastest guy on the team. I wouldn’t say I am right now. I think Brice McCain, 41, has a lot of speed. Jacoby (Jones) has a lot of speed, too. Those guys, they’ll talk trash about it every now and then, but I don’t know what they want to do. We’re not going to race in the 40, I know that, so I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
The 5?5? , 164 lb. return specialist agreed to a four-year, $1.088 deal with the Texans in mid-May. He was a sixth round pick and the rookie signed by the Texans this offseason.