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John Kelly

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26 yrs


5'10'' / 208 lbs



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Signs reserve/future contract

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-15

Kelly signed a reserve/future contract with the Browns on Monday.

The running back ended the season as a member of the team's practice squad. Kelly did not appear in a game in 2023.

Fantasy Points by Week 2022


Weekly Stats 2022

Fantasy PointsBettingRushing StatsReceiving Stats
17 @WAS Outdoor 59° 0.0 31st

Performance Splits: 2020 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing AveragesReceiving Averages
Home Outdoor 3 00.40.65170th40.06.546%
Away Outdoor 2 00.00.00238th00.00.00%

Career Stats by Season: 2018 to 2022

Fantasy PointsRushing StatsReceiving Stats
2018 22 LA 4 0 12 113th277402.773%0006%2270
2019 23 LA 4 0 1 149th3903.044%0001%000
2021 25 CLE 4 0 1 161st21306.546%1000%000
2022 26 CLE 1 0 0 175th0000.00%0000%000
"YAC%" is percent of total yards gained after first contact. "Share" of team passing targets.

Brought up from practice squad

RotoWire Logo Published: 2024-01-12

Kelly was elevated from Cleveland's practice squad Friday ahead of Saturday's wild-card round game against the Texans.

Kelly will serve as backfield depth behind Jerome Ford and Kareem Hunt in the event that Pierre Strong (back) is unable to play, though Kelly could still be left inactive on game day if Strong's able to suit up. Kelly didn't appear in a game during the regular season.

Brought back by Cleveland

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-28

The Browns signed Kelly to their practice squad Tuesday.

The Tennessee product has spent the majority of the past three seasons with Cleveland, and the team has decided to bring him back after parting ways just one week ago. Kelly's most recent in-game action came in 2022, when he appeared in one game for the Browns and played 14 special teams snaps. In a corresponding move, Cleveland cut Kenyan Drake from its practice squad.

Let go by Cleveland

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-11-21

The Browns cut Kelly from their practice squad Tuesday.

Kelly has spent most of the past three seasons with Cleveland, but he didn't appear in a game this year after making five appearances over the previous two campaigns. Kelly has 96 career rushing yards on 32 carries.

Joins Browns' practice squad

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-10-27

Cleveland signed Kelly to the practice squad Friday.

Kelly spent time with the Browns during the preseason, and he now reunites with the team as an emergency depth option. The third-year pro has logged five appearances with Cleveland over the last two seasons.

Cut by Cleveland

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-29

The Browns cut Kelly on Tuesday, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Cleveland opted to keep Jerome Ford and Pierre Strong as backups to Nick Chubb, cutting Kelly and Demetric Felton on Tuesday. If he clears waivers, the Browns would presumably like to bring Kelly back on a practice-squad deal.

Sees goal line work

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-26

Kelly carried the ball six times for 20 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 33-32 preseason loss to the Chiefs. He added three receptions for 33 yards.

The Browns ran a pass-heavy gameplan in an effort to get Deshaun Watson reps, but Kelly was ultimately the third back to take the field. His first three carries came inside the red zone, when he spelled Demetric Felton. It's possible that Kelly will see the field early on in the regular season if Jerome Ford (hamstring) isn't ready to return, though Felton's skillset is a better complement to Nick Chubb, which could give him the upper hand.

Commits critical fumble Thursday

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-17

Kelly rushed eight times for 20 yards and brought in one of two targets for three yards in the Browns' 18-18 preseason tie with the Eagles on Thursday night. He also lost a fumble.

Kelly was stymied on the ground as his final line indicates, and his fumble at the Eagles' three-yard line that short-circuited the Browns' opening drive was naturally a critical mistake. The 2018 sixth-round pick of the Rams has now had poor outings in back-to-back preseason contests, and Demetric Felton appears to be clearly ahead of him in the battle for the No. 3 running back role heading into Cleveland's preseason finale against the Chiefs on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Rough night against Washington

RotoWire Logo Published: 2023-08-12

Kelly carried the ball six times for six yards and caught his only target for three yards in Friday's preseason loss to the Commanders.

After a good showing in the Hall of Fame Game last week, Kelly crashed back down to earth in this one. Not only was he thoroughly outproduced on the ground by Demetric Felton, Kelly flopped in his biggest moment -- he got a fourth-down carry from the one-yard line on Cleveland's first drive, but rather than punching the ball into the end zone, he got tackled for a four-yard loss by Montez Sweat. If Cleveland only goes with three backs on its Week 1 roster, Kelly is by no means assured of a spot.

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