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TecnoGenius
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« on: April 30, 2020, 04:00:43 AM »

I know this will be drowned out by the draft chatter in a few hours, but does anyone know what happened to Aaron Kelly?  He was a light/fast WR we had in 2013-2014.  I'm watching some '13-'14 games just for the heck of it and it reminded me just how good that kid was.  He was absolutely astounding, yet didn't get much attention at the time.  Amazing hands, great nose for the ball and seemed to get open a lot.

From wikipedia it looks like after looking so good in '14 he got a shot in the NFL on a PR.  It also says he came back to CFL (not WPG) but on PR only.  Then after a few months, nothing...

Did he get injured?  Seems a strange thing for such a promising young kid to just disappear like that.
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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2020, 10:12:01 AM »

He didnt play well and we moved on.
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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2020, 12:51:46 PM »

I'd say he was a mediocre receiver at best. 1360 yards in four seasons is anything but astounding. (https://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=kellyaar001)

He had good size and was pretty quick off the line but that was about it. He was beat out by better WRs in Hamilton and signed with a really bad team here in August 2013. He was a decent depth piece in 2014 but that isn't really saying much.

IIRC, he bounced around a couple PRs in 2015 but that was that.
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« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2020, 01:04:56 PM »

I'd say he was a mediocre receiver at best. 1360 yards in four seasons is anything but astounding. (https://www.justsportsstats.com/footballstatsindex.php?player_id=kellyaar001)

He had good size and was pretty quick off the line but that was about it. He was beat out by better WRs in Hamilton and signed with a really bad team here in August 2013. He was a decent depth piece in 2014 but that isn't really saying much.

IIRC, he bounced around a couple PRs in 2015 but that was that.

Yea...not sure why anyone would be confused about why we moved on from him. We desperately needed to upgrade our receiving corps and did so. Kelly had flashes at times, but was highly inconsistent. Calling him outstanding is not at all how I remember it. In a year and half he had one really good game.
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« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2020, 01:41:28 PM »

Yea...not sure why anyone would be confused about why we moved on from him. We desperately needed to upgrade our receiving corps and did so. Kelly had flashes at times, but was highly inconsistent. Calling him outstanding is not at all how I remember it. In a year and half he had one really good game.

"flashes" is exactly the right way to describe him.  When with Hamilton, he looked like he was ready to break out, and was just odd man out with some veterans. The fact that he signed to four different CFL clubs indicates there was something to look at.  But he just couldn't get there when it came to sustained production.  Another in the long list of bubble guys....
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« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2020, 03:59:55 PM »

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« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2020, 04:24:58 PM »

"flashes" is exactly the right way to describe him.  When with Hamilton, he looked like he was ready to break out, and was just odd man out with some veterans. The fact that he signed to four different CFL clubs indicates there was something to look at.  But he just couldn't get there when it came to sustained production.  Another in the long list of bubble guys....

One good game per half a season does not make for a long career. If memory serves, and sometimes it doesn't lol, I think he had some pretty unproductive comments to the media about his usage during one of his slumps as well.
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« Reply #7 on: April 30, 2020, 04:40:26 PM »

"flashes" is exactly the right way to describe him.  When with Hamilton, he looked like he was ready to break out, and was just odd man out with some veterans. The fact that he signed to four different CFL clubs indicates there was something to look at.  But he just couldn't get there when it came to sustained production.  Another in the long list of bubble guys....

Agreed. Hot and cold, IMO. Not dissimilar in stature and productivity to Greg Carr. Although, the latter went on to have a pretty good arena career.
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« Reply #8 on: April 30, 2020, 05:03:06 PM »

Yeah, everything has been said. He made some good plays time to time on a god awful team which is maybe why he was notable, but that's it. He got some love on the forum back then but no one thought he was the next coming. What happened to him happens to tons and tons of players every year.

Make no mistake, Tecno: he was a retread when he got here, played well enough to stick around a bit, and then faded off into the sunset like others. He was not an about-to-break-out into the NFL kind of player. Quite the opposite.
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« Reply #9 on: May 01, 2020, 05:41:38 AM »

Thanks for all the input.  At least I have a better idea of what happened.  I guess my memory is skewed by the fact I'm watching only the 2014 wins (no losses).  Watching just those games he really does standout as a possible winner, as some of his catches are pretty amazing -- better than almost every WPG catch in 2019!  Like circus stuff we used to see from a younger Dressler, or the Flyin' Hawaiian.

Looks like the consistency and off-field stuff probably did do him in.

Oh ya, and I was wrong, he didn't leave us in '14 to go to the NFL, I mis-read the wikipedia article and mistook the Arizona Rattlers for NFL  Shocked Angry Huh Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Again, thanks all.  I can put this particular bugbear "whatever happened to ..." to rest.
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« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2020, 11:17:08 AM »

Thanks for all the input.  At least I have a better idea of what happened.  I guess my memory is skewed by the fact I'm watching only the 2014 wins (no losses).  Watching just those games he really does standout as a possible winner, as some of his catches are pretty amazing -- better than almost every WPG catch in 2019!  Like circus stuff we used to see from a younger Dressler, or the Flyin' Hawaiian.

Looks like the consistency and off-field stuff probably did do him in.

Oh ya, and I was wrong, he didn't leave us in '14 to go to the NFL, I mis-read the wikipedia article and mistook the Arizona Rattlers for NFL  Shocked Angry Huh Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

Again, thanks all.  I can put this particular bugbear "whatever happened to ..." to rest.


He was quite frustrating to watch. He'd have a standout game and then completely disappear for the next half dozen games.
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« Reply #11 on: May 01, 2020, 04:11:36 PM »

Kelly was fine. Maybe wouldve been better if he had better QBs. But in general I put him in the "what ifs" along with Greg Carr and Mike Sims-Walker
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« Reply #12 on: May 01, 2020, 05:20:26 PM »

Kelly was fine. Maybe wouldve been better if he had better QBs. But in general I put him in the "what ifs" along with Greg Carr and Mike Sims-Walker

Yea...those are apt comparisons.
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« Reply #13 on: May 01, 2020, 05:56:51 PM »

Kelly was fine. Maybe wouldve been better if he had better QBs. But in general I put him in the "what ifs" along with Greg Carr and Mike Sims-Walker

Gerrard Sheppard, Thomas Mayo, Jayce Davis, Justin Veltung, Kevin Cone....the list could go on and on and on.
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« Reply #14 on: May 01, 2020, 06:03:35 PM »

Yeah, you can throw just about any even slightly touted import receiver into the "what if category". Making it in pro football requires just as much luck as it does skill, with so much competition for so few jobs.
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