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Jim Kelly says Chad Kelly “finally gets it”

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Quarterback Chad Kelly signed his four-year rookie deal with the Broncos this week and will be taking part in the team’s rookie minicamp over the next few days to kick off his professional career.

As the final pick of the draft, Kelly’s career may not turn out to be a long one but his uncle says he doesn’t think that it will be because of the same troubles that plagued him in college. Jim Kelly says that he believes his nephew, who was dismissed from Clemson in 2014 after falling out with coaches and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct the next year, will be focused on the right things with the Broncos.

“I told Chad, ‘Don’t worry about going in there and thinking you’re going to compete for that starting job,'” Jim Kelly said, via “The bottom line is, you gotta go there and get healthy, learn the system and be humble. And I think he’s finally got it. He understands that. … “I said, ‘Just go in there, focus on learning the playbook, focus on what it takes to be a professional and let us handle all the other stuff, Chad.’ He finally gets it. I’m excited for him. I really am.”

Kelly sent the same message over the course of the pre-draft process, which was interrupted by wrist surgery after he had to cut short his pro day workout. The Broncos still thought enough of what he showed at Ole Miss to draft him and avoiding both injuries and off-field drama will be crucial parts of keeping him in Denver.

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17 Responses to “Jim Kelly says Chad Kelly “finally gets it””
  1. nathanp2013 says: May 11, 2017 3:37 PM

    I can’t believe Buffalo didn’t take him

  2. richardshermanhaschickenlegs says: May 11, 2017 3:47 PM

    Sorry kid, Trevor will have this thing locked up for the next few years by the pre-season. Mike McCoy will love the accuracy and mobility of Siemian.

  3. 12coltsfan12 says: May 11, 2017 4:08 PM

    listen to me son, and you too can be known as an ALL TIME LOSER. and I think he finally got it.


  4. softhelmet says: May 11, 2017 4:09 PM

    Hey final pick, nothing to lose! Certainly has the right DNA.

  5. jjfootball says: May 11, 2017 4:13 PM


  6. xbam says: May 11, 2017 4:24 PM

    mmmmkay Jim…

  7. bmacwillconn says: May 11, 2017 4:31 PM

    He’s got a cannon for an arm but not a lot between the ears. Very exciting to watch at Ole Miss and I’m rooting for him to get the mental side of life/sports figured out.

    Kind of reminds me of Jay Cutler. Same psyche and physical make up.

  8. anonymousnevermindfishdeath says: May 11, 2017 4:41 PM

    I’m no Bronco fan, but I wish the young man well.

  9. gloryfromheaven46 says: May 11, 2017 4:47 PM

    If it wasn’t for the medical and off field concerns, he’d be a top 10 pick. I guess will see what happens, he’s everything you’d want as a QB… just don’t be a knucklehead anymore.

  10. joetoronto says: May 11, 2017 4:53 PM

    He gets it now, he’ll win nothing just like Jim.

  11. realfootballfan says: May 11, 2017 5:38 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure a guy who lost his cool enough in public to threaten to kill a high school student roughly a year ago gets it now, lol.

  12. whenwilliteverend says: May 11, 2017 6:10 PM

    I doubt it.

  13. silentcount says: May 11, 2017 7:01 PM

    Ole Miss and Memphis are bitter rivals and now their former quarterbacks are on the same team. Hmmm, wonder how that’ll work out?

  14. slick50kc says: May 11, 2017 10:39 PM

    No, no he doesn’t.

  15. fmc651 says: May 12, 2017 10:49 AM

    With his history I will have to see it, to believe it, sorry Jim .He may have a better understanding now but we shall see.

  16. jkossrt says: May 14, 2017 10:32 AM

    4 consecutive AFC titles isn’t exactly nothing. He didn’t win the big one, but few QBs have done what he did.

  17. denverdave3 says: May 14, 2017 12:05 PM

    That’s basically what they said about Von Miller. It took a couple more screw ups and Ware to really fix it.

    Wolfe screwed up too. And then there’s Aqib.
    Point is, it can take a few years for renegades to straighten up.

    Regardless of what happens, he was well worth a 7th round pick.

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