Colts waive backup quarterback Chad Kelly
The Colts have waived back-up QB Chad Kelly, per source. He was coming off of a two-game suspension.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) September 18, 2019
The move doesn’t come as a surprise for many reasons. Kelly is notorious for his off-the-field antics, which include an assault charge and a breaking and entering arrest. His long record of bad behavior didn’t earn him any points, and his play clearly wasn’t enough. Another factor working against him was that the Colts currently have two established quarterbacks on the roster in Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer.
While there are some exceptions, most NFL teams keep two signal-callers on their rosters at all times. Brissett is the Colts’ starter after the Andrew Luck surprise retirement, and Hoyer is a steady veteran presence. Even if Brissett goes down with an injury, there would be no shot for Kelly to push for playing time. As he doesn’t play special teams or any other offensive position, he was just dead weight.
Many expected the Colts quarterback situation to be terrible heading into 2019. But Brissett has exceeded everyone’s expectations, and Indianapolis is playing good football. Their record says one and one, but they could just as easily be undefeated. Kicker Adam Vinatieri Missed two field goals and an extra point in Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Colts ended up losing that game in overtime. Kicker struggles are a common theme throughout the league this year, but if Indianapolis can figure out its special teams, they can surprise a lot of people.