Washington's churning and evolving backfield has a new lead dog.
An undrafted rookie, Kelley stepped in to plow through Cincinnati for 87 yards off 21 attempts to bring his season yards-per-carry average to a solid five yards. He doesn't blow you away with his speed or moves, but Kelly has operated as a strong and reliable option when called upon.
Gruden made it clear, though, that the pecking order remains fluid, saying: "That could change come Thursday or Friday, but Matt will get his touches and earn his way back into the role that we think he should be in."
Washington also has Chris Thompson on the roster as an intriguing change-of-pace runner, but the 'Skins need someone to step in and provide consistent production. The big-bodied Kelley has stumbled into a major opportunity.