Dennis Kelly wasn’t projected to be a starter this season, but rather one of the top backups at tackle for the Packers. He’s battled injuries which kept him out for a few games but even when healthy, Kelly hasn’t played at all on offense.
Kelly is a veteran tackle who started all 16 games for the Tennessee Titans a year ago, barely missing a snap. Yet even as the Packers have dealt with injuries across the offensive line, they haven’t turned to Kelly.
When Elgton Jenkins was out with injury, Green Bay opted to go with Yosh Nijman over the experience of Kelly. Nijman started all three games that Jenkins missed.
Even considering that, for the most part, the play of the Packers’ tackles hasn’t been an issue, it’s still surprising Kelly hasn’t been used on offense at all. After all, his cap hit this season is $1.33 million, according to Over The Cap, which is higher than the cap hits of AJ Dillon, De’Vondre Campbell, Chandon Sullivan, and Allen Lazard.
Kelly has played on 18 percent of the Packers’ special teams snaps this season, according to Pro Football Reference. But with David Bakhtiari’s return coming soon, it doesn’t seem like Kelly will be getting his first opportunity on offense in the near future.