Caleb Holley hopes to unleash potential with Ottawa Redblacks

Ottawa Redblacks WR Caleb Holley during training camp at TD Place on Monday. Errol McGihon / Postmedia

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Caleb Holley is looking to make an impact in his new football home.

After spending three seasons with the Saskatchewan Roughriders, the 6-foot-4, 28-year-old receiver is hoping to make a splash with the Ottawa Redblacks.

“I’m looking for a fresh start, I’m looking to make a new identity for myself — that’s how I feel,” said Holley following Tuesday’s practice at TD Place. “I felt like they wanted me here. I like the offence — they throw the ball a lot, they move guys around and everybody’s making plays. It’s a great opportunity.”

Signed as a free agent in the off-season, Holley is coming off a year where a knee injury landed him on the injured list and he had just 14 catches for 213 yards as a Rider. In 2017, he had 39 catches for 608 yards and five touchdowns, while in 2016, he had 56 catches for 655 yards and two touchdowns. It didn’t turn out like he hoped it would in Saskatchewan, but this could be a chance to showcase what he can do. With the departure of Diontae Spencer (to the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers) and Greg Ellingson (as a free agent to the Edmonton Eskimos), there are opportunities in Ottawa.

“I feel like if you use me, I can make big plays,” said Holley. “I can easily be one of the top receivers in this league. “You just have to be yourself, you’re not going to come in and fill somebody else’s shoes. At the same time, you want to come in and have the same kind of impact as those guys did. I feel like that’s what I’m here for.”

Asked what kind of receiver he is, Holley said: “Deep threat, big plays, excitement.”

While he didn’t get the ball thrown his way as often as he would have liked in Saskatchewan, he just kept grinding.

“It gets frustrating, but at the same time, you have to think about the big picture,” he said. “The coaches have an idea what they want to do so you can only control what you can control. When you go out there, just do your job. When the ball comes to you, make a play and go from there.”

 

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