The Broncos cut Kelly on Tuesday, Mike Klis of 9News Denver reports.
The Denver brass came to the decision to cut Kelly a day after the second-year signal-caller was arrested in Englewood, Colo. on a charge of first-degree criminal trespassing. According to Klis, the Broncos learned that prior to his arrest Tuesday morning, Kelly had been "acting in a hostile, aggressive manner" at a Halloween party nearby hosted by teammate Von Miller. Though Kelly has been removed from the 53-man roster, a team source told Klis that the Broncos will continue to offer assistance to the 24-year-old as he deals with his personal issues, which contributed to him falling to the final pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. Though he boasts a huge arm and was outstanding during the preseason, Kelly's history of off-the-field incidents both in college and now in the professional ranks may require him to stay on the straight and narrow for a while before he earns another NFL opportunity.
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, Colo. 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.
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.