John Kelly

John Kelly

Running Back #4
Team: Cleveland Browns
Ht / Wt:5'10" / 216 lb.
Born:October 4, 1996
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 6 (176)
Draft Team:LAR

John Kelly: 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.

January 19, 2021 2:44 PM EST

John Kelly: Back with Cleveland

The Browns signed Kelly to their practice squad Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Kelly was cut by the Browns on Tuesday, but quickly returned to the club just 24 hours later. Kelly has been with the practice squad since the beginning of the season, and has posted 83 yards on 30 carries and 27 yards on two receptions in his NFL career to this point.

December 16, 2020 3:54 PM EST

John Kelly: Shown door by Browns

The Browns cut Kelly from the practice squad Tuesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Analysis: Kelly has been with the practice squad since the beginning of the season but was never elevated to the active roster. The 24-year-old running back has banked eight NFL games in his two-year career, posting 83 yards on 30 carries and 27 yards on two receptions.

December 15, 2020 5:05 PM EST

John Kelly: Joining Cleveland

The Browns signed Kelly to their practice squad Tuesday, Matt Zenitz of reports.

Analysis: After the Rams selected him in the sixth round of the 2018 draft, Kelly wasn't afforded much opportunity in a backfield led by Todd Gurley. In the post-Gurley landscape, the RB group was trimmed down to a top three of Malcolm Brown, Darrell Henderson (hamstring) and Cam Akers. The Rams proceeded to waive Kelly, who now will look to work his way up to the Browns' active roster.

September 8, 2020 5:39 PM EST

John Kelly: Jettisoned by Rams

The Rams waived Kelly on Friday, Stu Jackson of the team's official site reports.

Analysis: A sixth-round selection of the Rams in 2018, Kelly has made just eight appearances through two pro seasons and oscillated between the 53-man roster and practice squad. Overall, he managed 2.8 yards on 30 carries and hauled in two of three targets for 27 yards. Considering how the team has approached Kelly to date, he likely will be signed to the practice squad if he clears waivers.

September 4, 2020 1:02 PM EST

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 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),'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

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