Rob Kelley
Rob Kelley
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Injury Undisclosed
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Unable to stay healthy after his surprising 2016 breakout, Kelley is looking to bounce back with the Saints after the Redskins let him walk. He'll need to compete for one or two available roster spots behind Alvin Kamara and Latavius Murray, with Dwayne Washington, Javorius Allen, Devine Ozigbo and Matt Dayes also in the mix. Read Past Outlooks
$Released by the Saints in August of 2019.
Waived with injury settlement
RBFree Agent
August 6, 2019
Kelley (undisclosed) was waived by New Orleans with an injury settlement Monday, per the NFL communication's official transaction log.
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 when healthy.
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Rob Kelley
2019 Washington Redskins
119 days ago
Jerry Donabedian surveys the Washington football team, focusing on the QB competition, the health of young running back Derrius Guice and the glut of injuries that have hammered the Redskins in recent years.
Weekly Rankings: Week 3 Value Meter
September 18, 2018
So far, so good for Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs offense - and offenses playing against the Chiefs, too!
Weekly Rankings: Week 2 Value Meter
September 11, 2018
JuJu Smith-Schuster really likes the idea of you playing him in Week 2.
NFL Barometer: Conner-Bound in Pittsburgh
September 4, 2018
Juan Carlos Blanco sets the table for Week 1 with a look at whose fortunes are rising and falling and notes that Le'Veon Bell's continued holdout thrusts James Conner into a much bigger role than expected.
NFL Barometer: Ross On the Rise
August 29, 2018
Juan Carlos Blanco checks out whose fantasy value is rising and falling heading into the final weekend of the preseason, including second-year breakout candidate John Ross.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
As an undrafted rookie out of Tulane in 2016, Kelley proved to be a godsend for Washington that year, stabilizing the backfield after he got a chance to start Week 8 and putting together a surprisingly productive campaign. The organization seemed unconvinced that he was a long-term solution as the lead back, and Kelley proved it right when ankle issues limited him to seven games and a miserable 3.1 YPC in 2017. He's a load to bring down at 6-0, 233, potentially making him an effective goal-line and short-yardage option, though he did drop down to 220-225 pounds in the offseason. With second-round pick Derrius Guice out for the year with a torn ACL, a slimmed-down Kelley suddenly finds himself in the mix for a key role, competing for snaps with Adrian Peterson, Samaje Perine and passing-down specialist Chris Thompson.
"Fat Rob" snuck his way onto Washington's roster after a big preseason, and once his turn to start came in Week 8, he ended any debate about who should be the team's lead back, racking up 321 rushing yards and four TDs over the next three games. Possessing good size for an NFL back, Kelley runs with a strong burst and low center of gravity, making him hard to bring down on first contact. He also saw increasing work at the goal line as the season wore on, finishing just outside the top 10 in red-zone carries in little more than half a year as the starter. However, his lack of elusiveness, the presence of pass-catching maven Chris Thompson and the selection of physical back Samaje Perine in this year's draft leaves Kelley in uncertain waters heading into his second season.
Kelley is vying for a reserve spot in Washington's backfield. An undrafted rookie free agent from Tulane, Kelley possesses the skill set to the pound the ball down the field while also contributing in pass-blocking. If he does land on the 53-man roster, he will likely only be seen during emergency situations.
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Released Saturday
RBFree Agent
August 3, 2019
Kelley was released by the Saints on Saturday, Luke Johnson of USA Today reports.
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Joins New Orleans
RBNew Orleans Saints
July 30, 2019
Kelley signed with the Saints, John DeShazier of the Saints' official site reports.
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Getting look in New Orleans
RBFree Agent
May 23, 2019
Kelley worked out for the Saints on Thursday, Josh Katzenstein of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Allowed to hit open market
RBFree Agent
March 13, 2019
The Redskins declined to tender Kelley a contract for 2019 on Wednesday, making him an unrestricted free agent, John Keim of reports.
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Lands on IR
RBWashington Redskins
September 18, 2018
Kelley (toe) was placed on injured reserve Tuesday.
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