Chad Kelly

Chad Kelly

Quarterback #6
Team: Indianapolis Colts
Ht / Wt:6'2" / 224 lb.
College:Mississippi
Age:26
Born:March 26, 1994
Drafted:2017 / Rd. 7 (253)
Draft Team:DEN

Chad Kelly: Doesn't play in 2019

Kelly didn't play a game in 2019.

Analysis: Kelly served a two-game suspension to start the season and was promptly waived, landing on the Colts' practice squad. He was brought up to the 53-man roster in November since Jacoby Brissett was injured, but Brian Hoyer started while Kelly remained on the bench. Kelly and Hoyer are both under contract in 2020, but either one can be cut with no dead cap.

January 28, 2020 1:21 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Sticking to practice squad

The Colts are expected to sign Kelly to the practice squad Thursday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kelly was waived by the Colts on Wednesday after having his two-game suspension lifted, and he now joins the team's practice squad. He'll serve as Indianapolis' third quarterback option behind Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer.

September 19, 2019 2:22 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Drops to waivers

The Colts waived Kelly on Wednesday, Mike Chappell of Fox 59 News Indianapolis reports.

Analysis: Kelly's suspension was lifted Monday, so the Colts cut him since they signed Brian Hoyer to a three-year deal in early September. If Kelly clears waivers, he has a good chance to land on the Colts' practice squad. The 25-year-old has never thrown a pass in a regular-season game.

September 18, 2019 3:06 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Suspension lifted

Kelly's suspension has been lifted Monday, per the league's official transactions log.

Analysis: Kelly's two-game suspension has run its course, making him eligible to take the field at any point. The 2017 seventh-round pick logged an impressive preseason, and he'll now compete with Brian Hoyer for the backup gig behind Jacoby Brissett.

September 16, 2019 3:02 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Starts preseason finale

Kelly (suspension) completed 13 of 16 passes for 138 yards and an interception in Thursday's preseason finale against the Bengals. He added 20 yards and a touchdown on three rushing attempts.

Analysis: Kelly got the start in this one and was mostly accurate with his arm while also doing damage with his legs by scoring a seven-yard, first-quarter touchdown. Once he returns from his two-game suspension, Kelly could well usurp Phillip Walker as Jacoby Brissett's backup under center.

August 29, 2019 7:38 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Could win backup gig

Kelly completed 16 of 21 passes for 209 yards, a touchdown and an interception in Saturday's 27-17 preseason loss to the Bears. He added 34 rushing yards on two carries.

Analysis: Kelly started this one and was allowed to strut his stuff. He mostly performed well and tossed a 46-yard touchdown to Deon Cain in the second quarter, but Kelly found the wrong Deon on his interception and had it returned 91 yards for a touchdown the other way by Deon Bush. His competition with Phillip Walker is suddenly under a lot more scrutiny, as they're now vying for the backup job behind Jacoby Brissett after Andrew Luck abruptly announced his retirement.

August 24, 2019 9:13 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Another strong preseason game

Kelly was 12-of-17 for 115 yards passing with a touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's preseason loss to Cleveland.

Analysis: Kelly entered the game after Phillip Walker and may have faced an easier defense, but he outplayed Walker for a second consecutive game in the battle for the third-string QB role. Kelly will miss the first two regular season games due to a suspension, so Walker may get the nod initially to stay on the active roster. The Colts may keep a third quarterback on the active roster, which they don't typically do, with Andrew Luck questionable for the start of the regular season due to ankle and calf injuries.

August 18, 2019 9:31 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Sharp in preseason opener

Kelly was 13-of-19 for 121 yards passing and also had four carries for 53 yards, including a 33-yard touchdown, in Thursday's preseason loss at Buffalo.

Analysis: Kelly was Denver's backup quarterback last season before his release for off-field issues. He'll be suspended the first two games of the regular season relating to a trespassing charge. He's in a battle with Phillip Walker for the No. 3 quarterback role. He outplayed Walker in Thursday's game although appeared after Walker in the second half. The Colts usually don't keep three quarterbacks on the roster, but may this year with Andrew Luck's lingering calf injury.

August 8, 2019 9:55 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Suspended for two games

Kelly was suspended for the first two games of the regular season Friday for violating the league's personal conduct policy, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This stems back from his arrest in 2018 while he was with the Broncos, which ultimately led to Kelly waiving. The quarterback will still have to work to earn a spot on the Colts' final roster this offseason, but the team likely signed him knowing that some sort of disciplinary action was coming.

May 31, 2019 12:29 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Gets second chance in Indy

Kelly signed a contract with the Colts on Monday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: A 2017 seventh-round pick of the Broncos, Kelly looked like an intriguing developmental option after claiming Denver's backup job heading into last season on the heels of a strong training camp and preseason. The 25-year-old suddenly found himself out of work by late October, when the Broncos waived him shortly after he was arrested on a trespassing charge. Kelly, who had a history of off-field transgressions during his time in college, went unsigned the rest of last season, but he'll now get a second chance in Indianapolis after apparently impressing the coaching staff during his tryout earlier this month. Assuming he can meet the Colts' expectations both on and off the field, Kelly could have a legitimate chance to unseat Jacoby Brissett as the understudy to Andrew Luck.

May 20, 2019 7:19 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Trying out with Colts

Kelly is at Colts rookie minicamp for a tryout this weekend, Zak Keefer of The Indianapolis Star reports.

Analysis: Kelly has been without a team since October when he was waived by the Broncos after being arrested for trespassing, a charge to which he recently pleaded guilty. The 25-year-old began the season as the team's No. 2 quarterback, but now faces an uphill battle back to an NFL roster. The Colts have an established backup to Andrew Luck in Jacoby Brissett, so the opportunities would likely be limited with Indianapolis. Kelly still may be required to serve a suspension should he end up latching on with a team.

May 3, 2019 8:27 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Pleads guilty to trespassing charge

Kelly pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to a charge of second-degree trespassing, Stephanie Butzer of ABC 7 Denver reports.

Analysis: Kelly was arrested Oct. 23 and released by the Broncos the next day. He won't face any jail time as part of the plea agreement, but he may need to serve a suspension if he ever signs with an NFL team. The 2017 seventh-round pick beat out Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver last preseason.

March 20, 2019 8:14 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Released following arrest

The Broncos released Kelly on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: The Denver brass came to the decision to cut Kelly a day after the second-year signal caller was arrested in Englewood, Colo. on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing. According to Klis, the Broncos learned that prior to his arrest Tuesday morning, Kelly had been "acting in a hostile, aggressive manner" at a Halloween party nearby hosted by teammate Von Miller. Though Kelly has been removed from the 53-man roster, a team source told Klis that the Broncos will continue to offer assistance to the 24-year-old to deal with his personal issues, which contributed to him falling to the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Given Kelly's history of the off-the-field incidents, he may need to stay on the straight and narrow for a while before earning another NFL opportunity.

October 24, 2018 8:18 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Likely to face discipline from team

Kelly, who was arrested Tuesday in Englewood, Colo. on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, is expected to face discipline from the Broncos, if not the NFL, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.

Analysis: According to the report provided by the Englewood Police Department, police responded to a call at 1:17 a.m. from a homeowner who chased a trespassing male out of his residence. The male was later identified as Kelly, who was booked into Arapahoe County Jail as a result of the incident. Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, the Broncos released a statement indicating that they were "disappointed" with Kelly's arrest and remain "in the process of gathering more information." The NFL is also looking into Kelly's arrest, according to Jhabvala, leaving the door open for the 24-year-old to face a team- and/or league-imposed suspension regardless of how the legal process plays out. If the Broncos elect to hold Kelly out of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Kevin Hogan would slot in as the backup to starting quarterback Case Keenum.

October 23, 2018 10:24 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Arrested on trespassing charge

Kelly was arrested early Tuesday in Englewood, Colo. on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Details about the incident remain scarce at this time while an investigation remains ongoing, but the 24-year-old was booked into Arapahoe County Jail following his arrest. The Broncos have been made aware of the arrest, but have yet to comment on the matter. It's unclear if Kelly, who fell to the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in part due to a rash of off-field incidents during college, will be available to back up Case Keenum in Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

October 23, 2018 9:32 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Not in line to start Week 7

Kelly won't start for the Broncos in their Week 7 game against the Cardinals after coach Vance Joseph vouched support for incumbent Case Keenum after Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "Case is our quarterback," Joseph said.

Analysis: Kelly took his first snap of the season Sunday, kneeling down on the final play of the first half while Keenum was being evaluated for a concussion. Keenum passed all tests and was cleared to return out of the break, finishing the day with 25 completions on 41 attempts for 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as Denver dropped its fourth straight game. While Keenum's 7.2 yards per attempt and 63.1 percent completion rate on the season are acceptable marks, the 30-year-old hasn't taken care of the football, as he's been picked off at least once in all six of the Broncos' games. The quick turnaround between contests likely helps Keenum in retaining the No. 1 gig, but he may need a mistake-free outing Thursday in Arizona in order to hold off Kelly, who showed considerable promise in the preseason.

October 15, 2018 11:30 AM EST

Chad Kelly: Will start first half of Thursday's preseason contest

Kelly will start the first half of the Broncos' fourth preseason game Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.

Analysis: Kelly will get the nod ahead of Paxton Lynch which suggests the Broncos prefer Kelly as the backup heading into the regular season. The Ole Miss product will still have to perform well during the game, but it looks more and more like Kelly will be the primary option behind Case Keenum in 2018.

August 27, 2018 1:22 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Gets reps with starters

Head coach Vance Joseph said that Kelly has received some first-team reps, the Broncos' official site reports.

Analysis: Kelly completed seven of nine passes for 90 yards and a touchdown in his second consecutive strong preseason outing on Saturday. Don't read too much into the starting snaps, though. Denver's brass needs to determine whether Kelly can be a snap away from starting this season or whether a trade for someone like Teddy Bridgewater is necessary. The only way to determine that is to put him out there against a starting defense.

August 21, 2018 2:50 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Takes reins as backup QB

Kelly supplanted Paxton Lynch as the Broncos' backup quarterback, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kelly performed well in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings to earn the promotion, completing 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Lynch struggled mightily. The final pick of the 2017 draft, Kelly missed all of last season with torn wrist ligament but is now on track to start the season as backup to Case Keenum. Things could obviously change with so much time remaining in training camp, but at this point Kelly and Lynch are trending in opposite directions.

August 13, 2018 5:03 PM EST

Chad Kelly: Sharp early in camp

The Broncos have been pleased with Kelly's performance in the team's initial practices of training camp, but head coach Vance Joseph isn't ready to move the second-year signal-caller above Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart, Ryan O'Halloran of The Denver Post reports. "Chad looked good," Joseph said after Sunday's session. "[Playing with the second team] hasn't happened yet. It could happen in the future."

Analysis: Kelly, the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was a spectator throughout his first training camp while recovering from a torn ligament in his throwing wrist suffered during his final season at Mississippi. He was cleared to resume practicing in mid-October, but logged only a few weeks of workouts before he was placed on season-ending injured reserve. Though he returned to the Broncos' offseason at full strength and made a positive impression on the coaching staff, Kelly will still need more on-field reps in practices and in the exhibition slate before a promotion to the second-team offense will be considered. Though Lynch, a 2016 first-round pick, is no longer viewed as the Broncos' answer behind center, it looks like he'll be given every opportunity to seize the top backup gig behind offseason pickup Case Keenum.

August 9, 2018 10:54 AM EST

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