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September 21, 2011

Jenkins says Holley pushed him in practice from the start

Jesse Holley came to the NFL and the Cowboys through a back door – by winning a reality show.

But cornerback Mike Jenkins knew early on that the new receiver had a legitimate shot at sticking. He said two years ago, Holley was tough competition in practice.

“I gave Jesse props a couple years back when I went to the Pro Bowl,” Jenkins said. “I was going against Jesse pretty much every day, so I know what kind of talents he brings to the table.”

Holley finally made a splash last week when he caught a 77-yard pass to set up Dan Bailey’s game-winning field goal in the 27-24 overtime victory at San Francisco. Holley caught his first three NFL passes in the game.

“Jesse’s a good guy. He’s a good person to have on your team,” Jenkins said. “He’s always going to work hard, no matter what. He knows his role on the team. He kept pushing until his number was called. I think he did a great job when they called it.”

-- Carlos Mendez

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