Kelly signed a contract with the Colts on Monday, Andrew Walker of the team's official site reports. A 2017 seventh-round pick of the Broncos, Kelly looked like an intriguing developmental option after claiming Denver's backup job heading into last season on the heels of a strong training camp and preseason. The 25-year-old suddenly found himself out of work by late October, when the Broncos waived him shortly after he was arrested on a trespassing charge. Kelly, who had a history of off-field transgressions during his time in college, went unsigned the rest of last season, but he'll now get a second chance in Indianapolis after apparently impressing the coaching staff during his tryout earlier this month. Assuming he can meet the Colts' expectations both on and off the field, Kelly may stick around into the regular season, especially if Jacoby Brissett is moved to another team.
Kelly pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of second-degree trespassing, Stephanie Butzer of ABC 7 Denver reports. 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.
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. According to the report provided by the Englewood Police Department, officers responded to a call at 1:17 a.m. from a homeowner who chased a trespassing male out of an area residence. The male was later identified as Kelly, who was booked into Arapahoe County Jail as a result of the incident. Per Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic, the Broncos released a statement indicating that they were "disappointed" with Kelly's arrest and remain "in the process of gathering more information." The NFL is also looking into Kelly's arrest, according to Jhabvala, leaving the door open for the 24-year-old to face a team- and/or league-imposed suspension regardless of how the legal process plays out. If the Broncos elect to hold Kelly out of Sunday's game against the Chiefs, Kevin Hogan would slot in as the backup to starting quarterback Case Keenum.
Kelly was arrested early Tuesday in Englewood, Colorado on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. Details remain scarce at this time while an investigation of the incident remains ongoing, but the 24-year-old was booked into Arapahoe County Jail following his arrest. The Broncos have been made aware of the arrest, but haven't commented on the matter. It's unclear if Kelly, who fell to the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft in part due to a rash of off-field incidents during his time in college, will be available to back up starting quarterback Case Keenum in Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
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. Kelly took his first snap of the season Sunday, kneeling down on the final play of the first half while Keenum was being evaluated for a concussion. Keenum passed all tests and was cleared to return out of the break, finishing the day with 25 completions on 41 attempts for 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception as Denver dropped its fourth straight game. While Keenum's 7.2 yards per attempt and 63.1 percent completion rate on the season are acceptable marks, the 30-year-old hasn't taken care of the football, as he's been picked off at least once in all six of the Broncos' games. The quick turnaround between contests likely helps Keenum in retaining the No. 1 gig, but he may need a mistake-free outing Thursday in Arizona in order to hold off Kelly, who showed considerable promise in the preseason.
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