John Kelly

John Kelly

Running Back #4
Team: Los Angeles Rams
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 216 lb.
College:null
Age:23
Born:October 4, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (176)
Draft Team:LAR

John Kelly: Mentioned by coach McVay

Sean McVay mentioned Kelly as one of four running backs on the Rams' roster who can be viewed as a "starting-caliber" player, per The Helliepod podcast.

Analysis: The other three are veteran Malcolm Brown, 2019 third-round pick Darrell Henderson (ankle) and rookie second-round pick Cam Akers. That leaves Kelly as the forgotten man of the group, a 2018 sixth-round pick who has played just 53 offensive snaps in eight NFL games, bouncing between the inactive list, the practice squad and a backup role. There aren't many fantasy formats where Kelly will warrant a draft pick, but he could emerge as a player to watch if the other running backs in Los Angeles struggle to stay healthy and productive.

July 21, 2020 11:38 AM EST

John Kelly: Appears in four games

Kelly rushed three times for nine yards in four games during 2019.

Analysis: The 23-year-old was unable to crack the Rams' season-opening roster but remained on the practice squad until being promoted in October, waived and then promoted again. Todd Gurley, Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson (ankle) are all under contract for 2020, leaving a difficult path to a roster spot for Kelly next season.

January 8, 2020 3:23 PM EST

John Kelly: Brought to active roster

Kelly was promoted to the Rams' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: With Darrell Henderson (ankle) on injured reserve, Kelly will serve as the No. 3 running back in Sunday's season finale against the Cardinals. Kelly -- a sixth-round pick by the Rams in the 2018 NFL Draft -- has suited up in seven NFL games, rushing 30 times for 81 yards (2.7 yards per carry) and catching two passes for 27 yards.

December 28, 2019 12:23 PM EST

John Kelly: Sticks with Rams

Kelly signed with the Rams' practice squad Tuesday, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Kelly was waived by the Rams on Saturday but will remain with the organization after clearing waivers. The 23-year-old appeared in three games while on the 53-man roster and had three carries for nine yards.

November 20, 2019 6:53 PM EST

John Kelly: Waived by Rams

Kelly was waived by the Rams on Saturday.

Analysis: While Kelly was active for three games with the Rams this season, he saw just four offensive snaps total ultimately his status on the 53-man roster a tenuous one. The 2018 sixth-round pick could be a candidate for the practice squad should he pass through waivers.

November 16, 2019 12:57 PM EST

John Kelly: Suiting up Sunday

Kelly is officially active for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Cameron DaSilva of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Kelly received a promotion from the practice squad to the 53-man roster Saturday in light of Todd Gurley (quadriceps) missing the game. Kelly will be the team's third-string running back for Week 6, and possibly could see reps behind rather unproven options in Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson.

October 13, 2019 11:49 AM EST

John Kelly: Promoted to active roster

Kelly was promoted to the Rams' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: With Todd Gurley (quad) ruled out for Sunday's game against the 49ers, Kelly will be brought on board to serve as the team's third running back. Kelly is not expected to play a significant role in Sunday's outing, with Malcolm Brown and rookie Darrell Henderson in line to lead the way in the backfield.

October 12, 2019 12:33 PM EST

John Kelly: Staying with Rams

Kelly signed with the Rams practice squad Sunday, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Kelly had a quiet preseason with 22 carries for 54 yards and four receptions for 23 yards, but he'll remain in Los Angeles after being waived Saturday. The 22-year-old spent four games on the 53-man roster in 2018, rushing 27 times for 74 yards while catching two passes for 27 yards.

September 2, 2019 11:39 AM EST

John Kelly: Double-digit carries in win

Kelly rushed 10 times for 32 yards and brought in his only target for 12 yards in the Rams' 10-6 preseason win over the Broncos on Saturday.

Analysis: Kelly saw six more touches overall than Justin Davis, his primary competition for the No. 4 running back job. While he wasn't very efficient on the ground, he did double up Davis in rushing attempts. The job battle appears headed for a final chapter in next Thursday's preseason finale versus the Texans.

August 24, 2019 10:04 PM EST

John Kelly: Quiet night against Raiders

Kelly registered 10 rushing yards on three carries during Saturday's 14-3 loss to Oakland.

Analysis: Kelly appears to be in a battle with Justin Davis for the final spot in the Rams' backfield rotation, per Vincent Bonsignore of the Athletic, so a 3.3 yards per carry average in the preseason opener is far from an ideal result. In Kelly's defense, though, no one was capable of getting anything going on the ground for Los Angeles, as Rams backs combined for 2.4 yards per rush against Oakland, with only three running back carries going for four-plus yards throughout the entirety of the contest.

August 10, 2019 10:16 PM EST

John Kelly: Left on bubble

The Rams likely will end up cutting Kelly and/or Justin Davis, Vincent Bonsignore of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: With Todd Gurley (knee), Malcolm Brown and Darrell Henderson locked in, the team only has one available backfield spot, at most, if everyone stays healthy through August. A sixth-round pick last year, Kelly took 27 carries for 74 yards and two catches for 27 yards in four games during his rookie season, logging 50 snaps on offense and 35 on special teams. The lack of involvement on special teams isn't a good sign for his continued presence on the roster, though Davis (133 snaps) wasn't a huge factor in that regard either.

June 21, 2019 7:58 AM EST

John Kelly: Unimpressive against 49ers

Kelly rushed 15 times for just 30 yards during Sunday's 48-32 win over San Francisco, but he did also have an 18-yard reception.

Analysis: Considering C.J. Anderson ran over the 49ers for 132 yards and 5.7 per tote, Kelly's numbers on the ground are all the more pedestrian. However, the rookie also didn't receive his first carry until the middle of the third quarter when Los Angeles was up 38-17 and milking the clock, so It's probably best to look at Kelly's production with a grain of salt. Additionally, it's unlikely he has a notable role in the postseason with Todd Gurley resting a knee injury the past two weeks, and Anderson proving to be a viable option as the lead back in his absence. Kelly was active for four regular season games but only saw offensive snaps the past three, and he finished the campaign with 74 rushing yards on 27 attempts (2.7 yards per carry) and two receptions for 27 yards.

December 31, 2018 8:19 AM EST

John Kelly: Logs 10 carries in Week 16

Kelly carried 10 times for 40 yards and caught one pass for nine yards in Sunday's 31-9 win over the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kelly's most extensive work this season was the result of starter Todd Gurley (knee) being inactive. The 2018 sixth-rounder worked behind C.J. Anderson -- who logged 167 yards and a TD on 20 carries Sunday -- and would be in line to do so again in Week 17 against the 49ers, should the Rams elect to play it safe and sit Gurley once again.

December 24, 2018 11:52 AM EST

John Kelly: May trail Anderson in pecking order

Kelly is expected to work as the backup to C.J. Anderson in the event Todd Gurley (knee) and Justin Davis (shoulder) are unavailable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Kelly, a sixth-round pick out of Tennessee, exhibited some explosiveness during his opportunities in the preseason, but he's largely been an afterthought for the Rams since the regular season began. In fact, Kelly didn't dress for a game until Week 14, when Malcolm Brown's season-ending collarbone injury bumped him up a spot on the depth chart. It appeared the door might have open for Kelly to claim a three-down role when Gurley and Davis both came out of the Week 15 loss to the Eagles with injuries, but the recent addition of Anderson has put somewhat of a damper on the rookie's prospects. Instead, Kelly now looks like a better bet to serve as a change-of-pace option if Gurley and Davis are sidelined, taking on the bulk of the snaps on passing downs while the more experienced Anderson works as the primary ballcarrier. Regardless of how the Rams' running-back situation plays out in Week 16, there probably won't be much clarity until the team releases its inactive list 90 minutes prior the 4:05 p.m. EST kickoff.

December 21, 2018 1:43 PM EST

John Kelly: Joined by Anderson in backfield

The Rams signed C.J. Anderson to join Kelly and Justin Davis (shoulder) in the backfield behind injured starter Todd Gurley (knee), ESPN.com's Lindsey Thiry reports.

Analysis: The new addition hints at legitimate concern about Gurley and/or Davis missing Sunday's game in Arizona. The situation should sort itself out in the coming days, with Kelly potentially finding himself in a workhorse role if both injured teammates end up sitting. Anderson might be the best of the bunch after Gurley, but the 27-year-old won't have much time to learn a new offense. This isn't a situation where the Rams can afford to be extra cautious, as one more loss might push them out of a first-round bye.

December 19, 2018 10:17 AM EST

John Kelly: Role expansion possible in Week 16

Kelly could be slated for an expanded role in Week 16 if Todd Gurley (knee) can't suit up against the Cardinals, Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times reports.

Analysis: Kelly recorded the first offensive snaps of his career in Week 15 versus the Eagles, rushing twice for four yards during the contest. With both Gurley and Justin Davis (shoulder) dealing with injuries early in the week, Kelly could see plenty of first-team reps on offense during practice. That could position him for a major offensive role in Week 16 against a Cardinals defense allowing 144.9 rushing yards per game -- good for third-most in the NFL.

December 18, 2018 7:47 AM EST

John Kelly: Receives first career carries

Kelly played seven offensive snaps and rushed twice for four yards during Sunday's 30-23 loss to Philadelphia.

Analysis: The rookie debuted last week with seven snaps on special teams and Sunday's two carries were his first of the season. With Malcolm Brown (clavicle) out for the year, and Justin Davis (shoulder) also dealing with an injury, Kelly has a chance to solidify himself as the No. 2 back behind Todd Gurley. However, that role hasn't been conducive to fantasy production, so Kelly's off the radar in the majority of settings.

December 17, 2018 11:57 AM EST

John Kelly: Could take No. 2 gig

Kelly will compete with Justin Davis for backup snaps while Malcolm Brown (clavicle) is unavailable, Gary Klein of the LA Times reports.

Analysis: A rookie sixth-round pick, Kelly has been a healthy scratch all season while Davis has strictly played special teams. Kelly was more impressive during the exhibition slate, but Davis has the advantage of being in his second year with the Rams. Of course, Brown's indefinite absence doesn't have much impact on the game plan for Week 14 in Chicago, seeing as Todd Gurley has played 85 percent of the snaps on offense this season. It could come into play Week 17 if the Rams don't have anything to play for and decide to rest key players.

December 5, 2018 10:34 AM EST

John Kelly: Inactive again

Kelly (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Sunday against the Cardinals.

Analysis: Kelly has not appear on the injury report during the regular season, but nonetheless will miss his second consecutive game. While the 2018 sixth-round pick remains sidelined, Malcolm Brown will once again serve as the primary backup to Todd Gurley.

September 16, 2018 1:07 PM EST

John Kelly: Scratched Monday

Kelly (coach's decision) is listed as inactive Monday in Detroit, Myles Simmons of the Rams' official site reports.

Analysis: Unlike fellow running back Justin Davis, Kelly didn't make an appearance on the injury report this week, but he'll nonetheless don street clothes in the first potential game of his career. While the 2018 sixth-rounder remains on the sideline, the Rams will allow Todd Gurley to grind it out on the ground, with Malcolm Brown on hand to give him the occasional breather.

September 10, 2018 6:09 PM EST

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