- The Washington Times - Monday, October 24, 2016

Redskins rookie running back Robert Kelley finished the game on Sunday against the Detroit Lions with 15 yards on the ground, a single yard in the air and one stat he’ll likely remember much, much longer than those others: his first career touchdown.

“It felt pretty good, man,” Kelley said. “Something you dream about as a kid and it actually happened for me this time.”

Kelley has had bursts of fantastic production in very limited action. In a crowded backfield behind starter Matt Jones and change of pace/receiving back Chris Thompson, Kelley is generally one of the last offensive weapons to touch the ball.

However, in 17 carries, Kelley has managed 103 yards rushing for an average of 6.1 yards per carry. And while he hasn’t factored much into the passing game, he did turn his single reception into a touchdown.

With Jones’ ongoing struggles holding the football, Kelley could be in for more carries.

“Obviously Rob is doing a nice job with the limited touches he gets,” coach Jay Gruden said of Kelley

Kelley would have rather scored the touchdown in a win, or even to take the lead. Instead, his touchdown came when the game was a bit more solemn.

“I would probably start dancing or something, but that wasn’t the case,” Kelley said of his score. “I just wish we would’ve won, man.”



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