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Jesse Holley signs with Patriots; WR faces long odds

Though Brian Bankshas stolen his thunder in the "Underdog Chases NFL Dream" category, wide receiver Jesse Holley has kept his career alive by signing with the New England Patriots on Monday.

Holley is best known for being the winner of the Michael Irvin reality show, "4th and Long" in 2008. Holley was rewarded with the final spot on the Cowboys' training camp roster, spending the entire 2009 season and the first part of the 2010 season on the Dallas practice squad before being signed to the 53-man roster.

His shining moment came in Week 2 of last season, when he caught a Tony Romo pass in overtime against the San Francisco 49ers and rumbled 77 yards to set up a game-winning field goal.

Even with the departure of Chad Ochocinco, Holley will face an uphill climb to claim a roster spot with the Patriots. It's a longshot, but that's a department that obviously doesn't faze Holley.

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