|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||6'0" / 220 lb.|
|Born:||October 3, 1992|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
Kelley was waived by New Orleans with an injury settlement Monday, per the NFL communication's official transaction log.
Analysis: Kelley was placed on injured reserve Sunday after clearing waivers Saturday. Now that he's been released with an injury settlement, Kelley is free to sign elsewhere in the league. The 26-year-old running back will look to catch on in a depth capacity with another team.
Kelley was released by the Saints on Saturday, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.
Analysis: Kelley never seemed like an ideal fit for the Saints, and sure enough the team opted to sign Jacquizz Rodgers only a handful of days after agreeing to terms with Kelley. The 26-year-old played in just two games with the Redskins in 2018 before a toe injury brought an end to his season, and it's possible the bruising back could be without a home throughout the preseason as team's continue to test out their younger options on the depth chart.
Kelley signed with the Saints, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
Analysis: The Saints have been looking at veteran running backs, including Alfred Morris (Cowboys) and Theo Riddick (free agent). The team appears to have settled on Kelley, who took just four carries last season in Washington before a toe injury brought his campaign to an early end. He's never shown much explosiveness or receiving ability, but he's a big, tough runner with experience on special teams. With Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray locked in atop the depth chart, Kelley will compete against Dwayne Washington, Javorius Allen, Devine Ozigbo and Matt Dayes.
Kelley worked out for the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Kelley was brought in alongside two other veterans in ex-Raven Javorius Allen and ex-Panther Fozzy Whittaker. New Orleans may simply just want to see where these veterans are at, but this tryout could also be a sign that the organization initially feels uncomfortable with its depth at running back in the wake of the draft and first couple waves of free agency. None of these guys, if signed, would threaten Latavius Murray's standing as the No. 2 option behind Alvin Kamara, but there's at least a non-zero chance one of them could potentially make a case for the No. 3 job.
Kelley was not tendered by the Redskins and will become an unrestricted free agent, ESPN's John Keim reports.
Analysis: No surprise here, as Washington was able to re-sign Adrian Peterson on Wednesday and otherwise has the promising Derrius Guice under contract at running back. Given Kelley's historical lack of efficiency while running the ball, he seems to have long odds of securing a fantasy-relevant role in advance of the 2019 season.
Kelley (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
Analysis: Kelley suffered a toe injury in Sunday's loss against the Colts, and will be required to undergo surgery due to the injury. Before exiting Week 2's game, Kelley logged only one offensive snap. With Kelley sidelined for at least the next eight games of the season, Samaje Perine could be in line to receive snaps behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.
Coach Jay Gruden said Kelley is expected to miss at least one month due to surgery on his toe, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Unlike Samaje Perine, Kelley has been active the first two games, but his usage has been minimal behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. As evidence, Kelley managed only one offensive snap during Sunday's loss to the Colts, which he left for a spell to have his toe examined. Although he returned to action, Gruden expects Kelley to go under the knife in the near future. If Kelley does, the Redskins are apt to activate Perine on game days for the foreseeable future.
Kelley (toe) returned to Sunday's game.
Analysis: Kelley left Sunday's game with a toe injury but it looks as if he has been cleared to return. Kelley figures to slide back into his role as the team's No. 3 running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson.
Kelley left Sunday's game with a toe injury and is questionable to return, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Kelley's questionable diagnosis suggests the injury might not keep him sidelined too long. The Redskins' No. 3 running back has been reduced to a limited role with the backfield emergence of Adrian Peterson but Kelley is still regarded as a high-end reserve.
Kelley took three carries for seven yards in Sunday's 24-6 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: Kelley played eight snaps on offense and nine on special teams, serving as the No. 3 running back behind Adrian Peterson and Chris Thompson. It isn't clear that Washington would turn to Kelly in the event of a Peterson injury, as Samaje Perine's inactive status theoretically could be attributed to his lack of value on special teams.
Kelley took 11 carries for 49 yards and caught both of his targets for 14 yards in Thursday's preseason loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Kelley entered the game after Samaje Perine, who picked up 30 yards on seven carries. With Chris Thompson (leg) and Adrian Peterson already locked in, Kelley is competing with Perine and Kapri Bibbs for what likely will be two roster spots. Kelley's knowledge of the offense and value on special teams should keep him safe, but it won't be out of nowhere if he ends up getting cut.
Kelley took eight carries for 19 yards in Friday's preseason game against Denver.
Analysis: Kelley was massively outplayed by Adrian Peterson, who got the start, dominated early work and finished with 56 yards on 11 carries (all in the first half). Kelley stayed in the game into the fourth quarter, and even then he was outplayed by Kapri Bibbs (61 yards on four touches). The only good news for Kelley is that he returned to Friday's game following a brief exit to be evaluated for a stinger. His knowledge of Jay Gruden's scheme and value on special teams should keep his roster spot safe, but it sure looked like the Redskins were preparing Peterson to replace Kelley in the offense. Meanwhile, Samaje Perine was held out with an ankle injury.
Kelley gained 17 yards on seven carries and added a 13-yard catch on two targets in Thursday's 15-13 win over the Jets in Week 2 of preseason.
Analysis: Kelley's primary competition at running back in the wake of Derrius Guice's ACL tear was supposed to come from Samaje Perine, who ripped off a 30-yard run on his lone carry but immediately exited with an ankle sprain. While the attrition in Washington's backfield is raising Kelley's fantasy stock, he'll have to do more with his touches to truly get owners excited.
Kelley's workload for the upcoming season is expected to increase following Derrius Guice's ACL tear, Peter Hailey of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Guice suffered the unfortunate injury during Thursday's preseason game at New England, wiping out his rookie campaign in the process. The rest of the backfield will benefit, barring a free-agent signing before Week 1. While Chris Thompson (leg) will handle pass-catching duties, Kelley and Samaje Perine are in line for a bump in their respective workloads. Perine received far more work than Kelley a season ago -- 197 touches versus 66 -- but the search for production on first and second downs will fall in the laps of the duo.
Kelley got the start in Thursday's preseason game against New England, taking four carries for six yards.
Analysis: Derrius Guice (knee), Byron Marshall and Samaje Perine also got touches in the early portion of Thursday's contest, though the rookie was removed toward the end of the first quarter after suffering what appeared to be a minor injury at the end of a 34-yard run that was wiped out by a penalty. Guice finished his night with six carries for 19 yards, with Perine adding seven carries for 31 yards. While a slimmed-down Kelley reportedly has made a strong impression at training camp, he may end up battling Perine for a single job. Guice and Chris Thompson (leg) are obvious roster locks, and the Redskins may want to keep Marshall or Kapri Bibbs to provide pass-catching depth behind Thompson.
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