Chad Kelly readying to compete for Broncos’ backup job


Chad Kelly has stuck to chicken and spinach, while getting back to his college playing weight. He also has spent time working on his game with a Hall of Fame quarterback, a Super Bowl-winning quarterback and a quarterback whisperer.

The Broncos are giving Kelly, a seventh-round pick in 2017, a chance to compete with Paxton Lynch for the backup job behind Case Keenum, and Kelly is doing what he can to take advantage of the opportunity.

“I’ve been proud of Chad overall,” Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Saturday, via Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic. “He’s been here every day. He’s worked his butt off and . . . he’s changed his body. Last year, he was a little tubby kid. He’s really lean now; he’s eating right; he’s working hard. He’s definitely put the work in, and he’s throwing the ball really well now.”

Kelly, who spent his rookie season rehabbing from a wrist injury, has worked with his uncle and godfather, Hall of Famer Jim Kelly. He also has sought help from personal quarterbacks coach Steve Fairchild, the former Colorado State head coach, as well as CBS analyst Phil Simms, who quarterbacked the Giants to a Super Bowl.

“I try to use all my resources and try to get ahead, because every day everybody is getting better,” Chad Kelly said of Simms. “If I can take one thing from some guy and another thing from another guy, it’s only going to help me out.”

Kelly worked with Simms for about a month this offseason and plans to return before the start of training camp. Jim Kelly made the introductions.

“He’s just right behind you every time you throw the ball, whether it’s correct [or] it’s wrong,” Chad Kelly said. “He’s going to tell you how it is, and that’s what I need to hear. I need to know if the ball spun out of my hand correctly. When he says it’s good, it’s good. You can can feel it, you can tell.”

17 responses to “Chad Kelly readying to compete for Broncos’ backup job

  1. For the sanity of bills fans in western ny i hope chad kelly doesn’t amount to much more than a clipboard holder. talk about “What ifs” ? OMG.

  2. Would anyone be surprised if this kid is starting after the bye week?

  3. Kid can play. Keep his head right and he will beat out Lynch and will be the long term qb there… Loved him at Ole Miss! Hotly Toddy!

  4. not a Bronco’s fan but a Bills fan..Chad has all the Talent to Start in the NFL..and I Believe within 2 yrs He’ll be Broncos starting Qb !if Chad gets to start a game this yr he will unseat Case…Guy is Good !! can’t believe they got him in 7th rd..Young Man can play !

  5. My understanding is that Kelly fell to the 7th round not because of any lack of ability, but because of some off the field/immaturity stuff. If he’s got his head on straight now, and is working hard to secceed, Denver might really have something there? He’s got the bloodlines going for him. Might be premature to have him unseating Keenum soon, though…

  6. Keep going cheap on the QB position donkeys. The Chiefs will keep winning the division.

  7. He is the best QB on the roster. The question is has he matured because he was a knuckle head in college.

  8. slick50kc says:
    May 13, 2018 at 12:23 pm
    Keep going cheap on the QB position donkeys. The Chiefs will keep winning the division.


    I really don’t think that’s a risk. You sound like a Vikings fan…out of touch with the game, the division, and reality.

  9. I’m guessing at some point, Kelly will be competing with Keenum for the backup job and Lynch will end up being the starter. Lynch is every bit as good as Carson Wentz. Sometimes QB’s need the right environment to thrive. See Steve Young, Brett Favre, Drew Brees, Kurt Warner, Jim Plunkett. These five super bowl winners didn’t cut it with their original team. Lynch could be another.

  10. Since it appears at this point that Lynch is gonna be a bust I wouldn’t be shocked if Kelly becomes the heir apparent for the Broncos. We all knew he had the physical tools coming out of college to be a starter, the issues were all mental. If he has his mind right and continues to work his tail off then the sky’s the limit for him.

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