Trindon Holliday had a great preseason.
It didn’t translate to the regular season.
The Texans have been bad on special teams, and it will take more than a new return man for them to improve. But it’s one place they’ll start. Receiver Keshawn Martin will be the primary return man now, as the Texans cut Holliday to make room to help at inside linebacker, where they signed veteran Barrett Ruud.
But it wasn’t a straight swap. With Brian Cushing moved to injured-reserve, the team had room for Ruud. It also promoted guard Cody White from the practice squad, a move that required the need for a second opening on the 53-man roster.
“By no means is it a statement to what we thought of Trindon,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said, per the Houston Chronicle.
That’s a bit far-fetched. If you love him, you cut someone else. Cutting anyone makes at least some degree of a statement about him.
Ruud played last year for the Titans, but was ineffective. A shoulder injury ended his season and rookie Colin McCarthy starred once he took over the job. Ruud was traded from Seattle to New Orleans this year, then recently released by the Saints.
Holliday told the Chronicle he didn’t think he underperformed.
He was averaging 19.4 yards per kick return, 27th in the NFL, and 9.2 yards per punt return, 16th in the NFL.
He certainly wasn’t overperforming.