The Colts slipped out of playoff contention by losing their last four games and quarterback Jacoby Brissett‘s play has also slipped over that period, but the Colts have no interest in taking a look at Chad Kelly in the final two weeks.
That was the response from head coach Frank Reich on Tuesday when he was asked if the team would consider giving Kelly playing time before the end of the regular season.
Reich said, "Jacoby's our quarterback," the story said. Reich added the team is still fighting to get better for the next two games and for next year. He noted Brissett is just a second-year starter.
After missing his entire rookie season following wrist surgery, Chad Kelly will be competing with Paxton Lynch for No. 2 QB job in Denver, behind starter Case Keenum. In two seasons at Ole Miss, he threw for 6,800 yards and 50 TDs.
Even though he was the last pick in the 2017 draft, Kelly has a ton of potential. However, this will be Keenum’s team—as long as he stays healthy and remains effective.
2018 Bottom Line
Kelly and Lynch will battle throughout the preseason for the right to be the first option behind Keenum. While Lynch has the first-round pedigree, Kelly has the bloodlines of being Hall of Famer Jim Kelly’s nephew. While neither of the backup QBs should be on a fantasy roster at the beginning of the season, whoever emerges could be called on to play significant games if Keenum doesn’t hold up.