Redskins QB Jason Campbell is upbeat about the line, but he's downright ecstatic about the potential of Kelly. Throughout the preseason, Malcolm Kelly impressed while displaying a knack for making catches in traffic. He has made tremendous strides from his rookie season, when he appeared in only five games because of knee problems, and has shown no lingering effects from offseason microfracture knee surgery, coaches and players said. The Redskins are hopeful Kelly (listed at 6 feet 4, 227 pounds) finally fills their longtime need for a big target in the passing game.
"Malcolm is just a very impressive young player," Campbell said. "When you see the way he reaches out and catches the ball, his leaping ability and the way he makes plays even if you don't throw him a perfect ball, it gives you a lot of confidence at the quarterback position to have someone like him out there."
Although Kelly has not officially been named the starting flanker, he has approached practice with a starter's mentality, working to earn the trust of the coaching staff and Campbell.