Holley keeps NFL ties by joining Bills practice squad

September 3, 2014

Caleb Holley FootballCaleb Holley’s quest to become the first Alaskan to play wide receiver in the NFL was put on hold when the Buffalo Bills released him in final cuts.

The 6-foot-3 playmaker from Anchorage will stay involved with the Bills, however, after signing with the practice squad.

That means he will get paid – at least $6,300 per week, the NFL minimum for practice players.

Holley, of East High fame, was invited by the Bills to training camp as an undrafted rookie after a stellar showing in mini camp.

Holley played his college ball at East Central, where he broke the school’s 35-year-old receiving record last season with 970 yards and nine touchdowns on 55 catches. He also set the single-game record with 224 yards on 14 receptions.

There are currently two Alaskans in the NFL – North Pole’s Daryn Colledge and Anchorage’s Zack Bowman.

Colledge is a veteran offensive lineman and a Super Bowl champion. He is now with the Miami Dolphins after stops with Arizona and Green Bay.

Colledge has never missed an NFL game in eight seasons, starting 124 of 128.

Bowman is with the New York Giants after six seasons with Chicago. Bowman is a defensive back with 10 career interceptions, including six in one season, the most by any Alaskan.

Another Alaskan, Eathyn Manumaleuna of Anchorage, is a defensive lineman out of BYU who was signed and released by the Giants and Patriots this summer after going undrafted. He is still in the mix as a potential practice squad player down the road.