Colts center Ryan Kelly was impressive paving the way for inside runs against the Oakland Raiders. He had one goal line but spent much of the day dominating nose tackle Johnathan Hankins and helping to lead the way for a second consecutive 200-yard rushing performance.
While inside blocking is nice, one of the big themes for offensive linemen in Frank Reich’s offense is the ability pull and get a body on defenders in space. This ability helps stretch the field laterally, can be used to misdirect defenders, and can lead to effective screen plays. We have already noted that Quenton Nelson, Mark Glowinski and right tackle Braden Smith have done well in this area. Today, we will examine Ryan Kelly’s ability to pull and block on the move.
While this isn’t an explosive play, it yields four or five yards.