Chad Kelly may just be that guy the Broncos need
By Brad James
Judging by how the Denver Broncos drafted last April, perhaps they know young quarterback Chad Kelly is the guy they need.
When drafting at number five overall and you eschew drafting decorated passers, you may like the guys in your stable.
All I know, as OTA’s commence, is that during mini-camp, Chad Kelly impressed. Behold:
Now, it may be foolish of me, and at the worst, vapid, but I personally have had enough of Paxton Lynch.
If he hasn’t figured things out yet, and he hasn’t, it’s reasonable to suggest he never will.
I make mistakes all the time. It’s part of being mortal. It’s responsible to say GM John Elway has made a mistake in regard to drafting Lynch.
He is doing himself no favors in the eyes of fans because he reportedly likes to extensively play his Xbox.
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Otherwise, he seems to be in a perpetual daze on the sidelines, not knowing what’s going on.
His one stellar performance was the meaningless Week 17 game against the Chiefs in 2017.
When you go 21-34 for 254 yards, 2 TD’s/2 INT’s against scrubs, what am I to extract from that?
With Elway’s best friend in the world, Gary Kubiak, back in the fold as a team executive, perhaps better judgment reigns supreme.
I did watch some of Kelly’s film at Mississippi and he has sufficient athleticism to play at this level.
I don’t doubt that if Kelly can rein in some of his riotous behavior of the past, he’ll be fine.
Tight end Jake Butt’s testimony that Kelly “can rip it in there” (quote via Broncos PR) gives me hope that he can excel if called upon.
It also bears mentioning that Kelly is a Power Five product and Lynch is not. At Memphis, Lynch just didn’t play against teams loaded with NFL talent week after week as Kelly did.
Of course, the utopia Broncos Country seeks after is that starter, Case Keenum, stays upright.
In the event that anything should go awry, though, Kelly inspires confidence within me.
In any event, OTA’s promise to be another chance for Kelly and Lynch to improve themselves.
If nothing else, Kelly promises to get more reps and show what he can do with some of the veterans now.
It should be another intriguing step in the process of forming the 2018 Denver Broncos.