The Colts added a 4th quarterback to their roster, and while he has the talent to make it as a decent NFL backup, his off-the-field issues are worrisome.
We have signed QB Chad Kelly and waived DT Jordan Thompson.https://t.co/auThjkhgSB— Indianapolis Colts (@Colts) May 20, 2019
Kelly was a pretty good quarterback in his college days at Ole Miss, but his troubles away from the football field have derailed his career. Kelly was drafted by the Denver Broncos with the last pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. He did not start a single game, first injuring his wrist and missing his rookie season, then was released after an altercation following former teammate Von Miller’s Halloween party, where Kelly was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespassing. Kelly would later plead guilty to a misdemeanor second-degree criminal trespassing charge.
So far, Kelly looks nothing more than a camp arm. If he does make the roster, which seems like a long shot at the moment (unless backup Jacoby Brissett is traded), he has a chance of starting the season on the suspension list because of the altercation mentioned above.
The reason why Chad Kelly is still relevant in today’s NFL is mainly due to the fact that his uncle is Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.
Congrats to my nephew and Godson Chad Kelly on his recent signing with the Indianapolis Colts. I know he’s been through a lot and has made mistakes in his life but the last couple months I’ve seen a different Chad. I… https://t.co/8w8uTZ24Xs— Jim Kelly (@JimKelly1212) May 20, 2019
If Kelly has indeed matured and left his troubled past behind, he has a chance of at least making the practice squad. If he is indeed suspended, then the likelihood of him making the final roster or even the PS drops drastically. This signing should be viewed as nothing more than adding a camp arm, and there is a high chance that Kelly does not even play a single snap in a Colts uniform.