METAIRIE, La. ― At 5-foot-5, 169 pounds, Trindon Holliday is shorter and smaller than most writers covering NFL football teams.
Still, the Houston Texans took a chance on the former LSU standout, selecting the speedster with the 197th overall pick in the draft, making Holliday a sixth-rounder.
Despite compiling 3,297 all-purpose yards, including four returns for touchdowns, Holliday is out to prove all the naysayers wrong.
“I think I have a little more to prove with my size,” Holliday said Wednesday. “I just have to come out and show the coaches that I’m able to play receiver.”
As the Texans practice with the Saints during the next two days, Holliday will get his shot to prove people wrong in his home state.
Included in that group of cynics is Houston Head Coach Gary Kubiak, who during offseason training told reporters in Houston that Holliday needs “to prove to the team he knows what the hell he’s doing.”
Holliday, from Zachary, La., just takes that as someone trying to push him.
“I didn’t take it personally at all,” Holliday said. “It’s all motivation. The coaches are just getting on you letting you know they’re counting on you and that you have to do better and the team is counting on you.”
If Holliday is going to make the Texans’ roster, he’s going to have to rely on his track speed to help him standout on special teams.
Against Arizona in Houston’s preseason opener, Holliday caught one punt for no return yards and took four kickoff returns for an average of 21.5 yards..
“The transition is good,” Holliday said. “It’s just coming in knowing what you have to do is the most important thing.”