Denver Broncos Rookie QB Chad Kelly Making Progress Toward Full Recovery
7th round pick Chad Kelly is almost completely recovered.
As third in line behind quaterbacks Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch, 7th round draft pick Chad Kelly has plenty of time to recover from a wrist injury he sustained during Ole Miss’s Pro day. Although Kelly won’t likely see much time on the field this season, he provides depth. More importantly, Kelly will be an essential part of practices and his presence during OTA’s is an important time for getting to know the Broncos second and third string receivers.
“I have to make sure I have to do what I have to do in the treatment room and get back as soon as possible,’’ Kelly said. “More range of motion and then hopefully be able to grip the football and be able to throw again.’’
Kelly hasn’t been simply limited in his ability to throw, but a second surgery on his ACL is also healing. When asked how his knee is recovering, Kelly said, “It’s coming along well,’’ Kelly stated. “I have a veteran right next to me, (running back) Jamaal Charles, coming off the same situation. We’re pushing each other every day but I got to keep on working really hard to try and get back to full strength and even sharper than what I was.’’
At the end of the draft, Kelly was given the nickname “Mr. Irrelevant.” Each season the final draft pick is given this name, and due to Kelly’s inability to contribute until he’s fully recovered, it’s a fitting moniker.
“I didn’t really think of it as being that,’’ he said. “I was glad to be drafted. At the end of the day I was so happy to be part of such a great organization and to have the chance to play with The Denver Broncos. I mean that’s what it’s all about. … And now this is my chance. I’ve got to go out and prove myself.’’
Kelly will have the cast on his right wrist removed Monday, but until he completes strength training to prepare for training camp, he’ll remain on the sidelines. With OTA’s wrapped up and three day mandatory mini camp beginning this week, Kelly will need to fully focus on recovering if he wants to remain a Bronco following training camp.