McNair said that Keenum, who was replaced by Matt Schaub during the Thursday night loss to Jacksonville, needed to be further evaluated.
"I think the jury is still out, and he's got a lot of ability, and he's shown some flashes of brilliance, and he's shown some rookie mistakes," McNair said. "We've got to see if he can improve or eliminate those mistakes."
Keenum has struggled in the last four games after throwing seven touchdowns and no interceptions in his first three starts.
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Keenum was benched after the team's third drive of the season half, a drive which saw him throw two incompletions before picking up just four yards on a third-and-10 play. He ultimately led the Texans on just one scoring drive, capped off by an 8-yard touchdown pass to Keshawn Martin.
Keenum ultimately completed 16 of 29 passes for 159 yards, with one touchdown and one interception. He added a scramble for 13 yards, and left the game down 24-10 in the third quarter.
The last time Keenum was benched, he was able to retain the starting quarterback job, so it is not at all clear what the Texans will do next week. The Texans travel to Indianapolis to face the Colts in Week 15.
Week 14 brings a matchup with the Jaguars, who have allowed the third-most Fantasy points per game (22.3) to opposing quarterbacks this season. Keenum remembers the Jaguars well, as they held him to four Fantasy points (169 yards, no touchdowns, and an interception) in Week 12. In their last five games, the Jaguars have allowed quarterbacks to score 26 or more Fantasy points four times. Three quarterbacks have scored three touchdowns, one has scored two... and then there's Keenum, who just couldn't get anything going in Week 12.
Owners in two-quarterback leagues can look at this matchup and let it at least mitigate the memory of Keenum's Week 12 debacle -- Ben Tate was off, things were messy, Keenum was probably looking over his shoulder at Schaub. Still, Keenum should be on the waiver wire in standard leagues, as he brings considerable risk even in two-quarterback formats.
Keenum had an efficient first half, completing 9 of 15 passes for 127 yards as Houston had a 17-7 halftime lead. Though, Keenum's only interception came as Houston was driving for a score in the first half. With Houston at the New England 27-yard line, Keenum was hit as he was about to release the football, which caused the pass to float up in the air and it was picked off by Logan Ryan.
Keenum, however, came back to post a 5-yard rushing touchdown in the second half. On a designed quarterback run, Keenum took the snap out of shotgun formation and ran left behind an offensive lineman for an easy score. It was his first career rushing touchdown.
Still, Keenum went without a passing touchdown for a second straight game, despite a nice performance from star receiver Andre Johnson, who finished with eight catches for 121 yards. The Texans are back in action Week 14 at Jacksonville (Thursday).
New England rates 14th against opposing quarterbacks, allowing them to score 17.64 Fantasy points per game. Through 11 games, the team has given up 18 passing touchdowns. The Patriots have struggled a bit against the pass lately. In their last four games, the team has allowed 11 touchdowns through the air.
Keenum is trending in the opposite direction. After taking the league by surprise in his first three games, Keenum has been held in check his past two outings. He was replaced by Matt Schaub against the Raiders, and failed to score an offensive touchdown against the Jaguars. Until he can recapture his early promise, Keenum remains a risky Fantasy option.
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