September 3, 2010

Hamstrung: Malcolm Kelly's Latest Setback Should Be The Last Straw

I have been in many a debate with different people regarding Malcolm Kellyand his prospects as a future NFL starter. I'll be honest: I've never been a fan. The guy has yet to even prove himself as a legitimate NFL-caliber player much less a starter.
I hate to say it but at this point, you have to say that Kelly is a colossal bust. The Redskins have tried to find him a role offensively (including featuring him on one of this year's season tickets), but every experiment has gone up in smoke. You can use any excuse you want for him, be it injuries, a lack of playing time, a poor offensive gameplanning, etc., but the fact is Kelly has been very bad during his two-plus years in the NFL. Maybe it's time head coach Mike Shanahan continued the trend of "out with the old and in with the new," because Kelly's failure to launch in the NFL is just a further testament to the ineptitude of the previous regime.
Kelly was projected by some as a first round pick, but he fell into the second round largely due to injury concerns. The Redskins scooped him up with the 51st pick of the draft and almost right away, issues began to flare up. Kelly came to training camp out of shape and clueless when it came to playing football. His route running was poor and occasionally he seemed lost on the field, not knowing where to line up. Needless to say, he failed to make much of an impact his rookie year, playing in just five games while catching three passes for 18 yards. He battled knee problems, which limited his playing time and his ability to grasp the NFL game.

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