Holley on the move in CFL: Veteran receiver signs with BC Lions

April 4, 2020

Caleb Holley

Looking to get his groove back in the Canadian Football League, Caleb Holley of Anchorage looked to the BC Lions.

More specifically, he looked who was under center.

That the Lions feature one of the best quarterbacks in the CFL in Mike Reilly played a huge factor in swaying the fifth-year wide receiver to sign with the team as a free agent.

“Ever since I’ve been in the league I’ve been on the opposite sideline and saw what he is capable of,” Holley said.

“With all due respect to the other great ones and guys I’ve played with, he is the best in the league. Just seeing his production and the way he allows receivers to make plays, I mean shoot, any receiver should feel lucky to play with a quarterback like him.”

Reilly – a two-time Grey Cup champion and former league MVP – has thrown for 31,522 yards and 168 touchdowns in his career.

He will find a reliable target in the 6-foot-4 Alaskan.

Holley, of East High fame, has hauled in 157 receptions for 1,963 yards and seven touchdowns in 47 career games.

But he hasn’t found the end zone since 2017.

Holley is the fourth Alaskan to play in the CFL

The former Buffalo Bills practice player spent his first three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders before leaving last year for Ottawa.

In 2017, Holley helped the Roughriders reached the East Finals.

“We got close in Saskatchewan and that playoff run gave me an unbelievable taste of what winning in November could feel like. It was a special team. I see some comparisons with this group here.”