Broncos QB Case Keenum for Dummies

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Case Keenum spent the 2012 NFL season on the Houston Texans practice squad.

In 2013, with an injury to Texans starter Matt Schaub, Keenum leapfrogged TJ Yates and started eight games for the Texans.  Although Keenum had decent numbers personally, the Texans went 0-8 in his starts.  Of particular note, Keenum threw for 350 yards and three touchdowns against the Colts on November 3, 2013.  The Texans lost 27-24.

Here’s where it gets weird:  Before the start of the 2014 season, the Texans waived Keenum and he was picked up by the Rams who, in October of 2014 waived him.  The Rams then brought Keenum back to their practice squad but on December 15th, he was claimed by the……Texans.

Jumping right back into the Texans starting lineup, Case won his first two starts (also the first professional wins of his career).  That wrapped 2014 for CK, another solid, if unspectacular performance.

Before the 2015 NFL Draft, the Texans traded Keenum to the then St.Louis Rams for a seventh-round draft choice.  Back in StL, Keenum started 5 games for the Rams, filling in for a benched Nick Foles and putting up his best professional numbers.  Keenum finished 2015 with an 87.7 RAT (QBR is true quarterback rating, RAT is traditional). The Rams went 3-2 with Keenum at QB.

For the 2016 season, the Rams moved to Los Angeles and Keenum was named the starter despite the Rams spending their top-pick on Jared Goff.  Keenum posted career highs in starts (9), wins (4), yards (2,200) and Touchdowns (9).  He also put up a career high 11 interceptions but four of those were in one game, against the Giants, in London.  Keenum was benched in favor of Goff a little more than halfway through the season and became a free-agent after the 2016 season.

Keenum’s 2017 RAT was 98.3.  For comparison, Tom Brady has a career RAT of 97.6