September 30, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Houston Texans wide receiver Trindon Holliday (16) returns a kick during the first quarter against the Tennessee Titans at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-US PRESSWIRE
Reports are that linebacker Barrett Ruud has signed with the Houston Texans after being released by the New Orleans Saints on Monday. To make room for him, the Texans released kick returner and former L.S.U. star Trindon Holliday.
Ruud was acquired in a trade from the Seattle Seahawks for a conditional draft pick(a rumored 7th) at the end of preseason when the Saints had a rash of injuries at the position. He never saw any real action and was mainly used on special teams. Ruud was let go to make room for cornerback Elbert Mack.
The Texans are no doubt trying to fill their linebacker position after a season ending ACL injury to linebacker Brian Cushing. While probably just for depth, Ruud was known like Cushing to play the middle linebacker position, but don’t see him starting too much.
Holliday was a speedy kick returner from L.S.U. who clocked a 4.34 40-yard dash at the 2010 NFL Combine and was drafted in the sixth-round by the Texans who felt he could contribute to their special teams.
His downfall was that, while fast, Holliday is only 5’5 at 170 pounds and was a one trick pony when it came to his contributions on returns. While he would flash potential during the preseason or in a regular game, his was inconsistent for the rest which likely led to the decision to release him.