As a rookie out of Tennessee last year, Kelly lit up the preseason but did not see the field much in 2018 aside from the occasional special teams snap. In a jam-packed position group, he will need to show more.
Kelly finds himself at the lower end of the RB depth chart. Joining him are third-year pro Justin Davis and undrafted free agent rookie Matt Colburn (roster preview). Ahead of them are the “next men up,” veteran backup Malcolm Brown and 2019 NFL Draft third-round pick Darrell Henderson.
As for Kelly and the two other cats, he his vying for that fourth spot as the likely final RB slot.
Expectations for JK in Year 2 are quite simple: more!
We need to find out what type of a quantity Kelly is. Is his floor/ceiling that of a special teamer? Is he a change of pace, back up? Who knows.
Chances of making the final roster (3/10)
He has to beat out Davis and the other UDFA rookie for what seems like the last spot on the RB group. He’s got an advantage with a year under his belt in the offense. I’m not sure that will be enough for the former sixth-rounder.