After winning "4th and Long," Michael Irvin's reality show and showing enough in training camp to make the practice squad, Jesse Holley did not see a live snap in 2009. This doesn't mean coaches weren't impressed with the North Carolina product. He received a game ball, along with Manuel Johnson, for their work in simulating DeSean Jackson prior to the week 17 match-up with the Eagles, a 24-0 Dallas win.
Last week, Head coach Wade Phillips went out of his way to praise the pair for their work through the three-day rookie mini-camp.
But for Holley, who is on the low end of a rather sizable totem pole at the moment, there's no lack of motivation moving forward. He knows that he faces something of an uphill battle, and he plans to work all the harder because of it.
"I was with this team all last year. 17 weeks, 16 games, playoffs and I never touched the field," Holley told reporters Saturday. "So that drive, that hunger, is still there. My goal is to get on that field and really make an impact on the field for this team, and even after that, there are still more goals, there's still more drive.
"You want to win championships, you want to be the best player you can be and really make yourself established in this league."