Former Red Lion High School quarterback Chad Kelly has made his share of mistakes off the field and has had more than his share of misfortune when it comes to his health.
As the Denver Broncos' rookie quarterback tries to rebound from all that caused him to go from a once highly touted NFL prospect to the very last pick of last April's draft, he is getting some advice from someone who knows all about achieving success at his position: his Hall-of-Fame uncle, Jim Kelly.
During a recent interview with NFL Network, Chad said the former Buffalo Bills great told him the following: “Shut your mouth, work extremely hard and be the first one in there, last one to leave, and to lead by example. When you're down in the fourth quarter, those guys are going to look to you to make a play. It's up to you to gain that respect and to show them that you're the guy."
For now, the younger Kelly is at the very bottom of the Broncos' quarterback depth chart behind Trevor Siemian and Paxton Lynch. The Western New York native and former University of Mississippi standout is still recovering from surgery on his right wrist, which caused him to be a spectator through offseason workouts.
He said he hopes to begin throwing within the next week or so.
"I think it hinders it a little bit, but until you go out there and make a couple mistakes, you got to learn," Kelly said. "Right now, I'm kind of just visualizing everything, pretending like you're calling out the MIKE even in your hotel room every day. You got to pretend like you're out there doing exactly what those other quarterbacks are doing so when you're out there, you can't miss a beat.
“You definitely are behind the curve not going through OTAs and minicamp, but if my name is called, I have to be prepared."