Broncos coach Vance Joseph said Sunday after the team's 23-20 loss to the Rams that Keenum will remain Denver's starter Week 7 against the Cardinals, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports. "Case is our quarterback," Joseph said. After exiting late in the first half with a head injury, Keenum was cleared of a concussion and was back under center to begin the third quarter. Keenum rebounded from a rough first half to engineer three scoring drives and finish with his third 300-plus-yard passing game of the season, but his efforts weren't enough to prevent Denver from dropping its fourth straight contest. While Keenum's 7.2 yards per attempt and 63.1 percent completion rate on the campaign are acceptable marks, he's struggled to rein in the turnovers, as he's tossed at least one interception in all six of Denver's games. The fact that the Broncos are playing Thursday night this week probably influenced Joseph's decision to stick with Keenum, but the 30-year-old may need to turn in a solid performance against Arizona to maintain the starting job over second-year signal-caller Chad Kelly, who was impressive during the preseason.
Keenum completed 25 of 41 pass attempts for 322 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Rams. He also carried the ball once for six yards. Keenum had managed only a field-goal drive until 1:34 remained in the third quarter when he hit Emmanuel Sanders from 22 yards out. Having only thrown for 137 yards at the half, the 30-year-old quarterback missed a play while getting checked for a concussion. When he returned, he again relied on a big deficit to rack up stats and almost made a game out of the affair. He'll try to go a third straight contest with at least 320 passing yards and two touchdowns Week 7 at Arizona.
Keenum completed 35 of 51 passes for 377 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during Sunday's 34-16 loss at the Jets. Sunday's stats are a little misleading. Following an early Jets turnover, Keenum connected with rookie Courtland Sutton for an opening touchdown in the back of the end zone. He was relatively quiet until the end of the game with the Jets up by multiple scores and playing soft coverage. Head coach Vance Joseph has bemoaned how Denver is built to run the ball and play defense in close games. Having Keenum throw the ball 51 times is not Denver's winning formula. The misfortune is likely to continue next Sunday, however, as Joseph takes on his old mentor, Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, who was also with Denver during its Super Bowl run.
Keenum donned a knee brace during Thursday's practice, but was listed as a full participant on the team's injury report, Zac Stevens of BSNDenver.com. "Case came out of the [Week 3] game fairly healthy," coach Vance Joseph said of the quarterback. "He had no swelling, he has no issues. He should obviously feel better this week." Keenum experience some knee soreness coming out of the Week 2 win over the Raiders, resulting in him getting practice off last Wednesday before returning to the field the following two days. The fact that he logged a full session for the Broncos' first practice of the current week seemingly supports Joseph's comments about Keenum's health outlook taking a turn for the better. With any lingering soreness or swelling having subsided, Keenum should be poised to turn in a bounce-back performance Monday against an underwhelming Chiefs secondary after he was limited to a season-worst 5.6 yards per attempt in the Week 3 loss to the Ravens.
Keenum went for 22 of 34 for 192 passing yards and an interception during Sunday's 27-14 loss in Baltimore. With the Broncos knocking on the Ravens' door midway through the fourth quarter, Denver's faithful could have felt another comeback for Keenum. Instead, he threw off his back foot and gave up a drive-killing interception. Keenum has made a habit of starting slow and depending on moxie to make up for it late. It was too little too late on Sunday, as Baltimore's front knocked him off-kilter. He'll get an easier assignment next Monday night against a porous Kansas City defense, and with the way the Chiefs have been scoring, he'll need to rid himself of his early-game woes to keep up.
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|14||12/09||@San Francisco 49ers||27||25.67|
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