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WNY quarterback showdown in NFL: Chad Kelly vs. Jake Dolegala

By Staff and Wire Reports

The Indianapolis Colts and the Cincinnati Bengals played in the final preseason game Thursday night, each with a Western New York quarterback under center.

Chad Kelly started his second consecutive game in the Colts’ first game since Andrew Luck’s retirement announcement last weekend in the Colts’ 13-6 victory. Undrafted free agent Jake Dolegala played the entire game for the Bengals.

Kelly, the St. Joe’s product who is hoping to make the most of another chance in the NFL, was 13 for 16 for 138 yards passing and an interception. He ran for 20 yards on three carries, including a 6-yard touchdowns. He also had a rushing touchdown in the preseason opener against the Bills.

Phillip Walker played the second half for the Colts, who are looking for a backup behind new starter Jacoby Brissett. According to reports, the Colts have worked out Brandon Weeden, Brock Osweiler and Matt Cassel in the last two days.

It is unclear how many quarterbacks the Colts will keep and whether the backup is currently on the roster. If Kelly makes the 53-man roster, he will be suspended for the first two games stemming for his plea agreement to trespassing charges last October.

Kelly finished the preseason 54 of 73 for 583 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He ran the ball 10 times for 107 yards and two TDs.

"My outlook is to keep on getting better," Kelly told the team website. "Whatever I can control, I’ll control, and then it’s up to the coaches to decide what they want to do. But I’m confident in how I played this preseason, and, like I said, I’m trying to get better each and every day, each and every rep, whether it’s a practice or a game.”

Dolegala, a St. Francis product, finished 26 for 41 for 253 yards. He was sacked three times. The Bengals only dressed three receivers.

He threw a 5-yard touchdown pass with four minutes remaining, but the TD was taken away after Mason Schreck, a UB product, was called for pass interference after replay.

Three plays later, Bengals running back Quinton Flowers, who had caught the TD pass, was tackled for a loss of one on 4th-and-goal from the Colts 1 with 3:17 left in the game.

Dolegala, who threw a touchdown in Week 3, is making a play for a roster spot behind Andy Dalton and Ryan Finley by potentially unseating Jeff Driskel as the third quarterback.

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