On Malcolm Kelly, Grills, Cows and Smiles
An hour or so after Friday night's game, Devin Thomas was standing in a pile of baby powder and holding forth to the media about, among other topics, his new grill.
"Just a grill," Thomas said, when asked to describe his facial bling. "A little Ocho Cinco style."
A few feet away, Malcolm Kelly observed the scene and chuckled.
"Devin a one of a kind type dude, man, you know what I'm saying?" Kelly said. "That's him. Don't let the grill scare you, though. He's really a little teddy bear behind that grill. Don't let it fool you now."
Kelly was smiling and laughing while saying this, two things he's been doing a lot of this summer. He's been friendly to the media since arriving in Ashburn last year, but he's been in full-on fat-kid-in-cake-store mode this year. I'm not the only one who's noticed; Kelly said that Daniel Snyder recently approached him with a similar observation.
"He said, 'Man, you're having fun now, you're enjoying yourself now, huh?' " Kelly recalled. "I was like, 'Yeah. You know? I am.' "
If you're wondering whether this means last year was no fun, yeah, that'd be one way of putting it. There were no public outbursts, and no meltdowns, but Kelly said he was fairly miserable throughout his rookie season.
"I'm not walking around with a frown like I did all last year," he said. "I couldn't stand it last year. Going to practice, practicing all week knowing that you're not going to play on the weekend, then on the weekend just going home and chilling at the house? It was kind of me against the world last year. So after the season, I said you know what, I'm gonna make my mind up and I'm gonna out a different dude next year. So I did it, and I'm pretty pleased."
Already this summer, Kelly has displayed his speed, like when he outran that Jason Campbell bomb on the first snap against the Steelers. And he's displayed the ability to initiate contact with defenders and get yards after the catch.
"A lot of times when DBs come to tackle you, man, DBs don't want to hit a receiver up top, especially a big receiver," he said. "So the first thing they're gonna think to do is act like they're gonna hit you up top and then try to get down low. Before they even get a chance to go down low I just try to get 'em out of the way," he said, smacking his hands together.
As for the grill? Don't expect to see one on Kelly any time soon.
"This rubber watch is about all you'll ever see me in," he said as he got ready to leave the locker room. "It was free. Nike contract....See, the jewelry and stuff, that's kind of just personal type stuff. I'm the type of dude, man, I grew up on acres of land with cows and dogs, so I'm a laidback country type. We used to breed cows for the longest, all that kind of stuff. Devin's from the inner city. I'm from the outer country. I've got a pond in front of my house, I sit there and go fishing. I'm a different type of dude, so I'm a whole lot more quiet and laid back. Devin is a little more rowdy than me. I guess that's why we complement each other."
(In more big WR news, Marko Mitchell was wearing a dark gray Nats hat in the locker room Friday night. One of the MASN 9,000? "It goes with my shoes," he explained.)
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