By: Sports Talk Florida
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers today announced that they have signed wide receiver/kick returner/punt returner Trindon Holliday and promoted defensive end T.J. Fatinikun from the practice squad to the active roster.
Holliday (5-5, 166) originally entered the league as a sixth-round draft pick (197th overall) of the Houston Texans in the 2010 NFL Draft. After spending his rookie season on Injured Reserve, Holliday spent the 2011 season and part of the 2012 season with Houston before being waived and signing with Denver, where he played the remainder of the 2012 and the 2013 seasons. This past offseason, the former LSU Tiger signed with the New York Giants, which placed him on Injured Reserve on August 30, prior to releasing him on October 6.
Holliday has played in 31 regular season games, totaling 80 punt returns for 752 yards, with two touchdowns, and 49 kick returns for 1,327 yards and two touchdowns. He has also appeared in four postseason contests, tallying three punt returns for 90 yards and a touchdown, as well as 12 kick returns for 344 yards and one touchdown.
Holliday is one of only 15 players in NFL history with at least three punt return touchdowns and three kick return touchdowns (regular season and postseason). Against Baltimore in the 2012 AFC Divisional Playoff Game (1/12/13), Holliday recorded the longest punt return in NFL postseason history (90 yards) and the second-longest kick return (104 yards), both for touchdowns, becoming the first player in NFL history to score multiple return touchdowns in a single postseason game.
Fatinikun (pronounced fah-tin-ih-kun) spent the 2014 preseason with the Buccaneers before being waived on August 29. He was signed to the practice squad on September 24.
The team also announced that they have waived wide receiver Solomon Patton and defensive end Scott Solomon.
In addition, the team has signed linebacker Mister Alexander and wide receiver Marcus Thigpen to the practice squad, while releasing linebacker Shayne Skov from the practice squad.
Alexander (6-3, 252) originally entered the league with the Houston Texans in 2011 as a college free agent out of Florida State. Alexander played for Houston for two seasons (2011-12), appearing in 14 games while also spending time on the practice squad, tallying three tackles and nine special teams tackles. In 2013, Alexander played for the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. This year he has played for the Omaha Mammoths of the Fall Experimental Football League.
Thigpen (5-9, 200) originally entered the league as a college free agent out of Indiana in 2009, signing with the Philadelphia Eagles. Thigpen was waived by Philadelphia during the preseason and signed with the Denver Broncos before being waived prior to the start of the regular season. Thigpen then spent three years in the Canadian Football League with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (2009) and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats (2010-11).
The Miami Dolphins signed Thigpen in 2012 and he spent the 2012 and 2013 seasons with Miami, playing in 32 career games, tallying nine catches for 112 yards and one touchdown, with seven rushes for 26 yards. He was with Miami through this past offseason and preseason before being released and signing to the New England Patriots practice squad, where he spent the first two weeks of the season before being released and signing to Miami’s practice squad. He was released from the Dolphins’ practice squad on October 14.
Below are the roster numbers for each of the roster additions:
#11 Trindon Holliday
#19 Marcus Thigpen
#44 Mister Alexander
#96 T.J. Fatinikun
SOURCE: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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