Chad Kelly
Chad Kelly
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
He might have been 2017's Mr. Irrelevant, but with a huge arm, collection of signature wins at Ole Miss, and pedigree -- Kelly looms behind 2016 first-round pick Paxton Lynch in the battle to back up Case Keenum. Depending on who you listen to, Lynch has either led Kelly through the offseason or has left the door open for Kelly to steal the No. 2. job. No matter what, a lot will have to go wrong for Kelly to take a meaningful snap in 2018. Read Past Outlooks
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Pleads guilty to trespassing charge
QBFree Agent
March 20, 2019
Kelly pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree trespassing, Stephanie Butzer of ABC 7 Denver reports.
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Kelly was arrested Oct. 23 and released by the Broncos the next day. He won't face any jail time as part of the plea agreement, but he may need to serve a suspension if he ever signs with an NFL team again. The 2017 seventh-round pick beat out Paxton Lynch for the No. 2 quarterback job in Denver last preseason.
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2017 Fantasy Outlook
The final pick of the NFL Draft seldom garners as much hubbub as did Denver's selection of Kelly, the former Ole Miss quarterback, at the end of the 2017 draft. The nephew of Hall-of-Famer Jim Kelly, the younger Kelly likely would have been drafted earlier had he not been recovering from knee and wrist surgeries. His career has also been checkered with several off-field issues, including getting kicked out of Clemson. On the field, Kelly has a wiley ability to make something out of nothing and has the big arm Denver covets. He's been especially adept at pushing the ball deep, his 8.8 yards per attempt ranking 14th in the nation in 2015 and his 8.4 yards per attempt ranking 21st in 2016. That big-play hunting also led to numerous turnover-worthy throws that broke in Kelly's favor, but he might not be so lucky in the pros. His need for refinement, injury history, and the presence of two young quarterbacks atop the depth chart all make it unlikely that Kelly will see the field in 2017. Denver has made a habit of looking for development quarterbacks at the end of the seventh round under John Elway, however, including Zac Dysert and last year's starter Trevor Siemian. Kelly could ascend if Siemian and last year's first-rounder Paxton Lynch falter.
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Let go following arrest
QBFree Agent
October 24, 2018
The Broncos cut Kelly on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Likely facing discipline from team
QBDenver Broncos
October 23, 2018
Kelly, who was arrested Tuesday in Englewood, Colo. on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, is expected to face discipline from the Broncos, if not the NFL, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
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Arrested on trespassing charge
QBDenver Broncos
October 23, 2018
Kelly was arrested early Tuesday in Englewood, Colorado on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
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Not in line to start Week 7
QBDenver Broncos
October 15, 2018
Kelly won't start for the Broncos in their Week 7 game against the Cardinals after coach Vance Joseph vouched support for incumbent Case Keenum after Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "Case is our quarterback," Joseph said.
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Will start first half of Thursday's preseason contest
QBDenver Broncos
August 27, 2018
Kelly will start the first half of the Broncos' fourth preseason game Thursday, Troy Renck of Denver 7 News reports.
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