Holley, who the Patriots signed on Monday, went undrafted out of North Carolina in 2007. He spent time on the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad that season, and after a stint in the CFL didn’t work out, Holley became a cell phone salesman to pay the bills. He spent a year and a half out of football before trying out for, and winning, Michael Irving’s reality show “4th and Long” in 2009. After his performance on the show, Holley was given an invite to the Cowboys’ camp.
He spent the 2009 season and part of 2010 on the Dallas practice squad. He was eventually signed to the 53-man roster and finished 2011 with seven receptions for 169 yards.
After being released from the Cowboys last week, Holley was planning a vacation. But when he landed in Cancun, Mexico, he received a phone call to get back to the states as soon as possible. The New England Patriots wanted him in for a tryout "
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