Robert Kelley: Seizing His Chance

By: Joe Cardoso

Not too many people blinked an eye when the Washington Redskins signed Robert Kelley out of Tulane. Fans saw Matt Jones as the featured back for the season and Chris Thompson as his backup and on third downs. But as he has proven a lot since becoming the general manager of the team Scott McCloughan knows what he is doing. He saw something that we all see now and that is that Robert Kelley is talented and an NFL caliber running back. Since being named the starter here are some things I have seen improve right away.

Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Washington Redskins running back Robert Kelley (32) celebrates with tackle Morgan Moses (76) after scoring on a four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during game 17 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 30, 2016; London, United Kingdom; Washington Redskins running back Robert Kelley (32) celebrates with tackle Morgan Moses (76) after scoring on a four-yard touchdown run in the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals during game 17 of the NFL International Series at Wembley Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

He stopped the silly fumble turnovers, less negative running plays, and the play action must be respected now. Kirk Cousins is having a career year and the passing attack, in my opinion, is borderline elite status. When the team gets into trouble is when it doesn’t feed Kelley the ball. He is a real throwback to the type of Stephen Davis, Clinton Portis backs that played in the past. He punishes defenders and never stops moving his feet, any real fan worth his salt loves a back that cuts and runs through the hole. Not a lot if any dancing behind the line from Kelley. We have gotten a good sample size of what he can do and I for one am impressed. With a shot at the wild card still open the offense needs to run the ball to set up the pass and wear down opponents something Kelley excels at. 587 yards and 5 touchdowns he’s not a burner but a solid back and this is only the start.

Now in the home stretch with games against Panthers, Bears and Giants they all are very winnable and no more losses can happen or it’s no playoffs. Only one of those games is on the road and the Bears have been really bad this year. Looks and sounds like the perfect setup for a healthy dose of old school running in the cold by a hungry young back. Now it is early and we all know how Redskins fans jumping the gun on players is the thing of legend. But maybe just maybe Robert Kelley is the second coming of a guy who ran hard and loved a certain type of candy.

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Joe (Cartright) Cardoso here! I’m the epitome of a sports junkie. An alum of the College of Southern Maryland, I received a diploma from the Maryland Institute of Broadcasting (MIB). During my tenure at MIB, I was a news/sports major and had the opportunity to intern at Fox 45 sports and Ravens Radio. I also worked as an overnight board operator for Sports Talk 980 ESPN Radio. I’ve been a total sports fanatic pretty much from the womb. My first love is soccer followed by basketball and then football. My favorite athletes are Kevin Garnett and Marino Rivera and my sports teams are the Yankees, Redskins, Michigan, Wizards, and Chelsea. My passion for sports is never ending. My sister once commented that I would probably follow pig racing if it was a sport! I had to agree. Nuts and Bolts Sports is a HUGE deal to me. It brings together others who share my obsession and love for everything sports and fulfills a life-long dream to bring sports news to fans my way.
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