Former Ole Miss and Clemson quarterback Chad Kelly was made Mr. Irrelevant in April’s NFL Draft thanks to the Denver Broncos. They likely took him last in the draft because of a torn ligament in his wrist and his needing another ACL surgery — his second. However, it looks like he will be getting back on the field soon as he had his cast removed on his wrist. He briefly talked about what he’s hoping to do in the coming months before the season begins.
“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 told Mike Klis of KUSA. “More range of motion and then hopefully be able to grip the football and be able to throw again.”
He also said he has some support from one of the greats in the league who’s coming off a similar issue.
“It’s coming along well,” Kelly said. “I have a veteran right next to me, Jamaal Charles, coming off the same situation. We’re pushing each other every day, but I’ve got to keep working really hard to try and get back to full strength and even sharper than I was.”
Kelly likely won’t be available until training camp later in the year, but is hoping to compete with Paxton Lynch. Trevor Siemian and Kyle Sloter once he’s back to full health. If the leaked footage of OTAs shows anything, it’s that Kelly has a real shot at taking over the starting job much sooner than anyone anticipated.
[h/t Pro Football Talk]