RB John Kelly - Los Angeles Rams
|5-9, 212||Born: 10-4-1996||College: Tennessee||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2018|
2018 Week 16 vs ARI (10 / 40 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
His first carry came from the 6 yard line on the Rams' second drive. He ran Outside Zone. A defender almost blew it up off the edge for a multiple yard loss, but Kelly hurdled him then avoided to other defenders once he landed on his feet. It turned a sure-fire loss into a gain of 5, putting the ball at the one yard line and setting up Goff's easy Read Option keep touchdown on the next play. It was a very impressive and important run that won't show up on the stat sheet. Neither Kelly nor Anderson was particularly effective in the run game, but Kelly was able to bring in one of his checkdown targets (he did somewhat bobble it, but was wide open underneath which allowed him to secure the ball). Again, the RB passing game is the most concerning aspect going forward for the Rams if they cannot count on a completely healthy Gurley.
2018 Week 17 vs SF (15 / 30 / 0 rush, 2 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Kelly finished the game with a sizeable amount of work. However, he didn't really begin receiving that work until midway through the third quarter, with the Rams up 38-17. He rotated a bit with Anderson through the third before the Rams gave him the closing role in the fourth quarter. He rewarded them with hard running, gaining two first downs and running almost five minutes of clock off. The Rams used all their timeouts and got the ball back with just 2:35 to play.