Kelly performed well in Saturday's preseason game against the Vikings to earn the promotion, completing 14 of 21 passes for 177 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, while Lynch struggled mightily. The final pick of the 2017 draft, Kelly missed all of last season with torn wrist ligament but is now on track to start the season as backup to Case Keenum. Things could obviously change with so much time remaining in training camp, but at this point Kelly and Lynch are trending in opposite directions.
Kelly had impressive moments during spring workouts, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
Seemingly recovered from the wrist injury he suffered during his final season in college, Kelly has resumed throwing in spring workouts and seems to be taking advantage of Paxton Lynch's continued struggles. While Lynch is currently slated to open the 2018 season in the No. 2 role behind starter Case Keenum, Kelly could realistically make a convincing case to become the top backup if Lynch can't turn things around.
Kelly (wrist) will reportedly battle Paxton Lynch for the backup quarterback spot in Denver, James Palmer of NFL Network reports.
Although he's still nursing a wrist injury, the expectation is that Kelly will be 100 percent by the time training camp rolls around. With the Broncos having decided against bringing in any other quarterbacks not already on the roster, Kelly will have the chance to earn the No. 2 spot behind Case Keenum. As of right now, both Kelly and Paxton Lynch seem to be on equal footings, but things will likely start to play out once training camp unfolds.
Kelly, the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, was never activated during his rookie campaign after a ruptured wrist suffered in his final season at Mississippi prevented him from taking the field. With a full year to recover, Kelly is expected to face no limitations during training camp and could jockey for a second- or third-string role for a Broncos squad that could notice substantial roster turnover at quarterback. None of the three signal callers that made starts for the Broncos in 2017 -- Trevor Siemian (shoulder), Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch -- provided much hope that they could be long-term solutions at the position.
Kelly (wrist) will be placed on injured reserve Monday, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com reports.
Despite the troubles under center in Denver, the Broncos don't feel that Kelly is ready from a health standpoint at the moment. With his placement on IR, Kelly will have to wait until next season to showcase his talent.
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|5||10/7/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
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