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Lets make Kelly #3 on QB depth chart please .

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I know it's against us, but it was cool to see Wade get a big play after coming over from England as a Rugby player.  

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I liking this Kelly kid.  If he can keep this up and keep his nose clean then I wouldn't mind him eventually being the primary back up to Luck once Brisset is gone.

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Yeah, I know the coaches like Walker and it's respectful to play him before Kelly...but for the WR's sake they should play Kelly behind Brissett for the rest of the preseason.

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We gotta remember that Kelly got to go against the 3’s today & maybe even more vanilla defense.  Regardless, I definitely think Walker is on notice.  Another performance like that and he’s outta here.

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I find it interesting that Brissett job was to target DF. Walkers job was to get it to Cain. Kelly’s job was to get it Fountain. That is why these games are meaningless. They don’t even go to their second read.

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Just now, Chloe6124 said:

I find it interesting that Brissett job was to target DF. Walkers job was to get it to Cain. Kelly’s job was to get it Fountain. That is why these games are meaningless. They don’t even go to their second read.

Walker kept going to his 2nd read like an *.  Cain was open all game.  He clearly didn’t get the memo. 

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