For some first-year players, they have the total package, everything goes right for them and they get drafted within the seven rounds. For others, they still earn a shot by getting a contract as an undrafted free agent. The rest? Well, sometimes a three-day opportunity at a rookie minicamp can either make or break their upcoming summer of playing football.
The Buffalo Bills invited four players to their rookie minicamp on a tryout basis: quarterback Kenny Guiton, and wide receivers Fred Lee, Ivan McCartney and Caleb Holley. Of the four players, head coach Doug Marrone said one caught his eye and liked what he saw.
"I did. I talked to Doug [Whaley] about that and I’m sure there will be an announcement coming," the coach said.
On Tuesday morning the Bills made that announcement and have signed wide receiver Caleb Holley. A 6-foot-4, 200-pound wideout, Holley fits the mold of the player that this current regime of the Bills have been looking to add to the bottom of their wide receiver group.
With his signing, the Bills now have five wide receivers on the roster that are listed at 6-foot-3 or taller. He joins Ramses Barden (6-foot-6), Chris Summers (6-foot-5), Cordell Roberson (6-foot-4) and Kevin Elliott (6-foot-3) as the tallest at the position according to the team.
A native of Anchorage, Alaska, Holley had 55 receptions for 970 yards and nine touchdowns for East Central (Oklahoma) in 2013. Before his two years at that school, he attended San Francisco City College.
With Holley in the fold, the Bills' roster is at the maximum allotment of 90 players.