With NFL final cuts looming, Holley awaits fate with Bills

August 29, 2014

Caleb Holley FootballHe made the first cut with the Buffalo Bills, but now Caleb Holley of Anchorage will have the longest night of his life with all NFL teams cutting their rosters down to 53 players Saturday.

Holley is a rookie receiver out of East Central in Oklahoma, trying to make the team as an undrafted walk-on, which is virtually unheard of by today’s standards.

Yet don’t doubt him. The former NCAA D2 standout probably heard he wouldn’t make the first roster cut to 75, but he did.

He also played in three NFL preseason games with the Bills. He did not make a catch on three targets, but he did line up against the Giants, Steelers and Lions.

Holley, of East High fame, was a record-setting receiver in college. He set the East Central single-game record with 224 yards in one game and finished with 970 yards on 55 catches. He scored nine touchdowns.

His route-running and ball-catching skills reportedly made him the most consistent receiver at mini camp and the Bills signed him to their roster for training camp.

If he does make the team, Holley would be the first Alaskan to play wide receiver in the NFL. We’ve had a tight end [Rocky Klever], but never a receiver.