IRVING, Texas – If things go as planned, Jesse Holley won’t run a pass route the rest of the Cowboys’ season. That’s life as the fifth receiver on the roster.
However, all Holley has done is take advantage of every opportunity when injuries have pushed him into the receiver rotation.
Tony Romo has thrown Holley seven passes this season. The reality show winner has seven receptions for 169 yards. The highlight was his land-of-opportunity 77-yard overtime catch to set up the game-winning field goal in San Francisco, but Holley has also made a couple of difficult catches on balls thrown behind him in tight coverage the last few weeks.
“As a guy who’s a fourth wide receiver, that’s what you have to do,” Holley said. “Don’t get any opportunities in practice, don’t get any opportunities in the game. The only way to show the coach that you’re able and willing to do the things they need you to do is when your number is called, whenever it’s called, to go in there and make a play.”
Don’t count on Jason Garrett calling Holley’s number Sunday against the Giants. With Miles Austin back in the mix, Holley drops down to the fifth receiver, essentially meaning he’s solely a special teamer.
All Holley can guarantee is that he’ll be ready if the Cowboys need him again.
“My confidence to catch the ball is at an all-time high,” Holley said. “I want to keep it that way. When you go out there and show them, hey, no matter what time of the game, no matter how big or small the game is, you can make a play, that’s the biggest thing.”