ASHBURN -- Even with the endless space that is the Internet, there isn't much occupied by "Redskins sign Robert Kelley" articles. The former Tulane running back was among 14 undrafted rookie free agents the team announced were signed on May 6. All the press release indicated was the player's name, position, height, weight and college. Providing just the most basic of information indicated the odds of making the Week 1 roster were longer than long.
Flash-forward to this week. Of the four preseason games, the third is considered the most important. The back who we received only the most basic of information on nearly four months ago could be the most used runner -- if not starter -- Friday night against Buffalo.
"I think about it but I try not to," Kelley told Breaking Burgundy this week about his depth chart evolution.
That's a wise plan because the journey is far from over.
"Fat Rob" will play plenty Friday because starter Matt Jones (shoulder sprain) is out for the remainder of the preseason and Chris Thompson "probably" won't play, according to head coach Jay Gruden. That would mean getting to show off his game playing behind the starting offensive line, anchored by Pro Bowl left tackle Trent Williams and starting right guard Brandon Scherff.
"Those guys are beasts, man. I feel good running behind them," an excited Kelley said. "It's like I have super powers ... Just running behind those guys, I feel better than I really am."
Offensive coordinator Sean McVay was asked about Kelley and Keith Marshall following Wednesday's practice.
"I think Kelley’s shown a lot of maturity for a young back. He’s done a nice job in protection. Look at last week when we get internal pressure against the Jets last week and Kelley came up, stuck his face on somebody and gave Colt [McCoy] an opportunity to set his feet," McVay said. "And then I think he’s a good physical runner that squares runs off and does a nice job finishing falling forward.”
Yet a roster spot isn't secure just yet. The Redskins could add a veteran. Marshall or Mack Brown could emerge. Kelley could slip.
"I don't want to get too far ahead of myself," Kelley said. "It's still a game and I have to go out there and play it. But, obviously, there's something there. You feel good about yourself knowing where you came in and where you are now, but there is still a lot more to go."
To get instant Redskins notifications, download the NEW Scout mobile app for iOS HERE!
Be sure to check out the ever-growing benefit package of being a Breaking Burgundy Insider! Check it out HERE.