John Kelly

Cleveland Browns
Running Back #4
Cleveland Browns
Running Back #4

John Kelly News

Clings with Cleveland

Kelly signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns on Monday.

Analysis: Kelly spent the entirety of the 2022 campaign on Cleveland's practice squad before being elevated prior to the Week 17 win against Washington. The running back wound up exclusively playing on special teams during this contest, and he's now totaled five carries over the past four seasons. Kelly will look to carve out a larger role with the Browns this offseason.

Jan 9, 2023 4:57 PM EST

Returns to practice squad

Kelly reverted to the Browns' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's transaction log.

Analysis: Kelly was bumped up from the practice squad for the first time ahead of Sunday's win over the Commanders. The 26-year-old running back wound up logging all 14 of his snaps on special teams, and he has recorded five rushing attempts since the 2019 season. Kelly should stand to see similar usage if he's promoted to the active roster ahead of this coming Sunday's regular-season finale against Pittsburgh.

Jan 2, 2023 3:53 PM EST

Up on active roster

Kelly was elevated from the Browns' practice squad Saturday.

Analysis: Kelly could be the sixth running back active for the Browns on Sunday, so it's likely he would simply be used on special teams. The 2018 draftee has yet to play a game with Cleveland this season.

Dec 31, 2022 10:08 AM EST

Added to Browns practice squad

Kelly was signed to the Browns' practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Kelly could be first in line to be elevated if injuries affect Cleveland's backfield, as he logged four appearances with the Browns last season and saw extensive work in the preseason. He was waived by the Browns on Tuesday but went unclaimed, paving the way for Cleveland to add Kelly to the practice squad.

Aug 31, 2022 9:21 PM EST

Cut by Cleveland

The Browns released Kelly on Tuesday, Anthony Poisal

Analysis: Kelly appeared in four games with the Browns last season, and he handled a notable workload in the preseason, but he never had a clear path to earning a spot in Cleveland's exceptionally deep running back room. However, the team could make it a priority to stash Kelly on the practice squad if no other team offers him an active roster spot.

Aug 30, 2022 10:56 AM EST

Leading rusher Sunday

Kelly had 14 carries for 66 yards and six-yard touchdown run in Sunday's preseason game against the Eagles.

Analysis: Kelly's received a lot of work through the first two preseason games, as the Browns opted to hold out Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. Most of the ground game has been handled by Kelly and rookie Jerome Ford, with Kelly toting the ball a team-high 24 times. His 86 yards are second to Ford's 88. There are too many backs in the room right now, so Kelly is not expected to be on the final roster. Ideally, the Browns will be able to stash the 25-year-old back on the practice squad for emergency use.

Aug 21, 2022 4:36 PM EST

Signs futures deal

The Browns signed Kelly to a reserve/futures contract Wednesday, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Kelly made four appearances for the Browns this season and played almost exclusively on special teams. However, he did see three offensive snaps in Week 7 and totaled two rushes for 13 yards during the game. With Kareem Hunt, Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton all under contract for 2022, it's likely Kelly will garner a similar for Cleveland next year.

Jan 19, 2022 11:14 AM EST

Reverts to practice squad

Kelly reverted to the Browns' practice squad Tuesday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Kelly played just six snaps on special teams during Monday's loss to the Raiders and will now head back to the team's practice squad. Even if Kareem Hunt (ankle) remains out Saturday against the Packers, Kelly is unlikely to be a viable fantasy option.

Dec 22, 2021 7:16 AM EST

Serves on special teams

Kelly played six snaps on special teams in Monday's 16-14 loss to the Raiders.

Analysis: Kelly was elevated to the active roster and served as the fourth back behind Nick Chubb, D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. It was the fourth time that Kelly's been active for a game in 2021; he has two carries for 13 yards while playing three snaps on offense.

Dec 21, 2021 5:11 AM EST

Game-day elevation for Week 15

Kelly was elevated from Cleveland's practice squad as a COVID-19 replacement ahead of Monday's game against the Raiders.

Analysis: Kelly will provide backfield depth for the Browns, but he's unlikely to get into the game on offense unless Nick Chubb and D'Ernest Johnson both get hurt. Even then, the Browns could opt to use return man Demetric Felton at running back over Kelly.

Dec 20, 2021 10:22 AM EST

Joins Cleveland's practice squad

Kelly signed with the Browns' practice squad Tuesday, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Kelly rejoins the Browns after being waived Saturday. In a corresponding move, Cleveland released fellow running back Dexter Williams from its practice squad.

Nov 23, 2021 2:31 PM EST

Waived by Browns

The Browns have waived Kelly, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: Kelly was just activated off Cleveland's reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday. With Nick Chubb, D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton all healthy, he appears to be the odd-man out in the backfield.

Nov 20, 2021 10:14 AM EST

Clears COVID-19 protocols

Kelly (illness) was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Thursday, Zac Jackson of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kelly has cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols, but fellow running backs Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton both remain on the reserve/COVID-19 list. With Kareem Hunt (calf) expected to remain on IR, Kelly would slide into the backup role behind D'Ernest Johnson for Sunday's highly favorable matchup against the Lions if neither Chubb nor Felton are activated by then.

Nov 18, 2021 8:14 AM EST

Sitting out Sunday

Kelly (illness) won't be available Sunday at New England, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Coach Kevin Stefanski noted all of Nick Chubb (illness), Demetric Felton (illness) and Kelly will be unavailable Week 10 due to COVID-19 protocols. With Kareem Hunt (calf) still on IR, the Browns backfield will be headed by D'Ernest Johnson, with practice squad members Brian Hill and Dexter Williams likely to be elevated for Sunday's contest.

Nov 12, 2021 12:17 PM EST

Tests positive for COVID-19

Kelly did test positive for COVID, before being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Kelly joins Nick Chubb and Demetric Felton as Browns running backs who have tested positive for COVID, leaving D'Ernest Johnson as the only healthy running back on the current roster. Kelly's absence wouldn't normally be much of an issue, as he's only played three offensive snaps all season but with the void the Browns now have in the backfield every body counts. Kelly could still play Sunday though if he produces two negative in time.

Nov 9, 2021 11:20 AM EST

Lands on COVID-19 list

Kelly was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday.

Analysis: Kelly has appeared in three games for the Browns this season, but he has only recorded two touches for 13 yards. His absence shouldn't affect the Browns' offensive rotation.

Nov 8, 2021 1:00 PM EST

Makes season debut

Kelly had two carries for 13 yards in Thursday's 17-14 win over the Broncos.

Analysis: Kelly was added to the active roster off the Browns' practice squad, as both Nick Chubb (calf) and Kareem Hunt (calf, IR) were unavailable. Kelly was on the field for three snaps and served as the third back behind D'Ernest Johnson and Demetric Felton. Chubb, who has missed two games but is not on injured reserve, is eligible to play Week 8 against the Steelers. If he does, Kelly is unlikely to remain on the active roster for the next game.

Oct 22, 2021 3:13 AM EST

Signs to active roster

The Browns signed Kelly to the active roster from the practice squad Tuesday, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Kelly will provide some emergency depth in Cleveland's banged up running back room, with a Thursday night matchup against Denver just around the corner. In corresponding transactions, Kareem Hunt (calf) and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (ankle) have been placed on IR.

Oct 19, 2021 9:55 AM EST

Returns to Cleveland

Kelly was signed to Cleveland's practice squad Wednesday.

Analysis: Kelly ran with the Browns in 2021 preseason and saw a lot of action in preseason games, as Cleveland held Nick Chubb out for all three games and Kareem Hunt for two. The Browns kept four running backs, including combo WR/RB Demetric Felton, so it would take multiple injuries for Kelly to make it to the active roster.

Sep 1, 2021 6:43 PM EST

Pens future deal

Kelly signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns on Tuesday.

Analysis: Kelly spent most of the 2020 season on the Browns' practice squad. The 2018 sixth-round pick faces long odds to make the roster in 2021, as Nick Chubb, Kareem Hunt and D'Ernest Johnson are all under contract.

Jan 19, 2021 2:44 PM EST

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