Making the case for every Denver Broncos quarterback
The Case For: Chad Kelly
Chad Kelly, the rookie out of Ole Miss and final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, may be the best quarterback on the Broncos’ roster.
I don’t say that as hyperbole for Kelly, and I’m not making a joke about Trevor Siemian or anyone else.
In terms of what I’ve scouted of the four quarterbacks on Denver’s roster, I legitimately think Kelly could be the best one, and there’s a case for him playing at some point this season, even if it’s a very small chance.
Kelly is working his way back from a couple of injuries. First, he suffered a knee injury last season at Ole Miss that cut his senior season short. Second, he suffered a wrist injury that prevented him from doing much in the pre-draft process in terms of working out for scouts.
He was drafted in the seventh round due to off-field concerns and injury concerns. Teams mostly stayed away because if Kelly wasn’t contributing to the team, he could be perceived as a major distraction.
So far for the Broncos, that hasn’t been the case.
Because of his knee injuries, Kelly might not be the guy athletically we saw back in his junior season at Ole Miss, when he was one of the best quarterbacks in the country, but this is a player who can beat you with both his arms and his legs, and he might be the most naturally gifted football player of this entire group.
What do I mean when I say that?
Football comes easy for Kelly. It’s in his genes. You already know by now that his uncle is Hall of Famer Jim Kelly.
What Kelly needed in the NFL was a chance, and the Broncos gave it to him. He has good arm strength and showed at Ole Miss an ability to fit the ball into tight windows, whether in short, intermediate, or deep passing.
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I watched almost every single one of his games, and I have no doubt that Kelly is capable of being an NFL quarterback, but will he get his shot?
Starting after week six, the Broncos have a six-week window to let Kelly practice. When he practices, they will have 21 days to decide whether to activate him or put him on IR.
I have a feeling we wouldn’t see Kelly unless the Broncos’ season is lost, which would be the last three or four weeks of the year, but I would like to see him play a little bit.
What do the Broncos have to lose?
Kelly has been getting in the mental reps, sitting in on meetings, and learning the offense. Give the guy a chance to go out there and prove he can play. Why else did you draft him?
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I would argue that no player on this Broncos roster put together more impressive college tape than Kelly. Paxton Lynch may have had more ‘wow’ throws, but Kelly was much more consistent.
If there’s one guy I’d bang the table to see at some point this year, it’s not Osweiler, and it’s not Lynch. It’s Chad Kelly.
What do you think? Sound off in the comments, and let us know which quarterback has the best case for leading this team the rest of the season.