HOUSTON He's bursty, that little Trindon Holliday. He catches the punt, waits a beat, takes a slow step, waits another beat and then boom-cut-boom again, and he's gone.
"The thing I worked on this offseason was catching the ball and being more patient," Holliday said. "It's very hard."
Because when you're trying to make an NFL team, all you want to do is make a play.
"Just go," Holliday said.
Nobody had more at stake in the Houston Texans' final preseason game Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings, which Houston won 28-24 despite losing starting right tackle Rashad Butler for the season with a torn tricep. They call Holliday a wide receiver, but the guy is barely tall enough to ride the rides at the Texas State Fair. He's no receiver. He's a return specialist, and as Texans coach Gary Kubiak put it recently, you've got to be pretty darned special as a return man to make a 53-man roster without doing anything else.
"For a little guy, he's violent downhill," Kubiak said. "When ...