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Redblacks receiver Caleb Holley says Riders will 'feel me'

To Caleb Holley, the Saskatchewan Roughriders are opponent No. 2 of the young CFL season.

But there’s a bit more to it for the 28-year-old receiver who played his first three CFL seasons in Saskatchewan. After catching 56 passes for 655 yards in 2016, he had 39 receptions for 609 yards and tailed off to 14 catches for 213 yards a year ago. He smiles when asked if Thursday night’s showdown against the Green Riders means just a bit more to him.

“I just know I want to go out there and … I’m not promising anything, but I know they’re going to feel me,” said Holley.

Asked if the Redblacks are going to win the game, he smiles again: “That’d be great, I’m pretty sure that’s going to happen.”

He’ll be lining up against plenty of familiar faces on the Saskatchewan defence. Asked who gets an advantage in this situation, he said: “I think it’s both. I’m pretty sure those guys know me just like I know them. I was with those guys for three years, we know each other’s tendencies.”

So far, so good for him in Ottawa’s offensive scheme for Holley. He had five catches for 55 yards in Saturday’s 32-28 win in Calgary.

“The ball gets spread out to everyone —that’s good, anybody can get the ball,” he said. “That played a big part (in my decision to sign with Ottawa as a free agent). “Once they lost those key guys (Greg Ellingson and Diontae Spencer), the opportunity presented itself. Every game, I want to take another step to be a leader and to make plays.”


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