Hogan steps into backup role after Kelly released

Hogan, signed a week before the season started, has been inactive for the first seven games but will back up Keenum

Kevin Hogan has gone from the waiver wire to one snap away from starting again in the NFL amid a chaotic couple of days for the Denver Broncos.

Hogan, who was waived by Washington in training camp and signed with Denver on Sept. 2, will serve as Case Keenum’s backup when the Broncos play at Kansas City on Sunday. He’s gone through a crash course learning the offense, and after seven weeks of being inactive he will be in uniform against the Chiefs.

“I feel very comfortable and getting more comfortable each week,” he said Wednesday. “It’s nice because the coaches put together a nice tight gameplan and we feel very comfortable on Sundays that we can execute it. They do a good job of getting us prepared and we have all these weapons around us that makes our job easier.”

Hogan was made the backup when Denver released quarterback Chad Kelly on Wednesday, a day after he was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespass. Kelly was Case Keenum’s backup for seven weeks and took one snap but is now unemployed.

Kelly was arrested after entering a couple’s home in Englewood, Colo., after leaving linebacker Von Miller’s Halloween party on Monday night. He was chased from the house and arrested a short time later.

That opened the door for Hogan. Keenum has taken every meaningful snap this season, but even with new rules to further ensure quarterbacks’ safety one hit could thrust Hogan into action.

His teammates are confident he can handle the situation.

“I’ve got a lot of trust in Kevin. I think, similar paths,” Keenum said Wednesday. “Been on a few teams and he’s done a great job stepping in and getting a lot of mental reps every day. Getting better every day. He’s done a great job, great team guy, great locker room guy to be around. I have complete trust in him if he needs to step in.”

Hogan, like Keenum, has been a journeyman in his short career. He was a fifth-round draft pick of Seattle in 2016 and traded on draft day to Kansas City, and the Chiefs cut him before the start of the season. He was picked up by Cleveland where he stayed for two seasons and played in eight games.

Cleveland traded him to Washington in April but the Redskins waived Sept. 1. The Broncos signed him a day later.