Toronto Argonauts to start former Ole Miss standout QB Chad Kelly in regular season finale

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The Toronto Argonauts will have rookie quarterback Chad Kelly under centre on Saturday when they host the Montreal Alouettes in the final game of the regular season, according to Postmedia’s Frank Zicarelli.

The 28-year-old has completed three-of-ten pass attempts this year for 33 yards and two interceptions with most of those snaps coming in blowout losses to the B.C. Lions and Calgary Stampeders. He has also been an active runner primarily in short yardage, carrying the ball 19 times for 102 yards and five touchdowns.

Kelly was a high-profile addition for Toronto this past off-season, officially signing with the team in February. His rights were acquired via trade from the Edmonton Elks in October 2021 as part of the trade that sent Nick Arbuckle out west. He wasted little time setting remarkably high expectations for himself, saying he wanted to throw for 6,000 yards and become the face of the CFL.

The six-foot-two, 216-pound passer is the nephew of Buffalo Bills legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly. He was also a standout at Ole Miss where he threw for 6,800 yards, 50 touchdowns, and 21 interceptions during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Kelly was selected with the final pick of the 2017 NFL Draft and spent four years with the Denver Broncos (2017-2018) and Indianapolis Colts (2019-2020). He played four preseason games with the Colts in 2019 and completed 54-of-73 pass attempts for 583 yards and two touchdowns along with two touchdowns along the ground.

Toronto clinched first place in the East Division this past weekend with a 24-23 win over the Montreal Alouettes. McLeod Bethel-Thompson started the club’s first 17 games of the regular season and completed 66.8 percent of his passes for 4,731 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. He will reportedly dress as the team’s third-string quarterback on Saturday.