Frank Reich offers high praise for Chad Kelly

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Colts backup quarterback Chad Kelly has had a checkered football career, but he made the most of an opportunity in the preseason on Thursday night.

Playing in Buffalo, where his uncle Jim Kelly was a Hall of Fame quarterback, Kelly completed 13 of 19 passes for 121 yards, and also added 53 yards and a touchdown on the ground. Colts head coach Frank Reich, who was Jim Kelly’s longtime backup in Buffalo, caught up with Jim after the game and then praised Chad for the way he has worked this year.

“I was happy for Chad, coming home to Buffalo,” Reich said. “It was nice that he played well and did some good things that second half. Chad has practiced very well. He and [backup quarterback Phillip Walker] have both practiced well. It was good for Chad to come back after everything he’s been through. He’s been A-plus in every way in the locker room so I was glad he had such a good night.”

Kelly has had more than his share of off-field issues, which included getting kicked off the team at Clemson in 2014 for violating team rules, getting arrested later that year for an incident that led to a guilty plea to disorderly conduct, and getting cut by the Broncos after a trespassing arrest. The Colts may be giving Kelly his last chance, but it’s to Kelly’s credit that he’s making the most of it.

9 responses to “Frank Reich offers high praise for Chad Kelly

  1. It absolutely kills me the Broncos let him go. The kid plays with such fire and a reckless disregard for his own safety. Not running, but hanging in the pocket to the very last second, then sending the bomb.

    Hopefully he stays on the right track.

  2. Kelly is a throwback to the glory days of the NFL when RBs ruled and gunslinger QBs were needed to get the job done against the unrestricted pass Defenses of the old NFL. Sadly, we no longer see stud backs and Receivers actually being covered and not allowed to run free…

  3. doylemcmuffin says:
    August 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm
    It absolutely kills me the Broncos let him go. The kid plays with such fire and a reckless disregard for his own safety. Not running, but hanging in the pocket to the very last second, then sending the bomb.

    Hopefully he stays on the right track.

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    I love it when a QB stands tall knowing hes about to get just cranked. Maybe the Colts have found a nice gem here to develop behind Andrew Luck.

  4. I remember seeing this kid light Alabama up a few years ago.He is talented enough to play in the NFL. If he can get past whatever makes him act like a complete idiot, who knows, maybe he can have a career for himself.

  5. I don’t understand the love for this guy.

    He had every advantage possible to have a successful career and he has, to date, thrown it all away. He deserves to go play arena league ball and let someone with his head screwed on right take his slot in the NFL.

  6. “Home town pressure be damned. I never understood why buffalo didn’t take a chance with him. oh…wait…he doesn’t fit in with the “process “.”

    Why? Because you can’t have ‘Little Jim’ as your backup QB if you’re the Bills. Unless the kid is your clear cut starter, he’d be a constant distraction thanks to the fan-base. The Bills lose a game – put in Kelly. The starter has a bad game – put in Kelly. The offense goes 3 and out – put in Kelly. The starter throws an INT – put in Kelly. Yeah, I don’t think so. I repeat…you can’t have Kelly as your backup QB in Buffalo.

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