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 (knee) returned to practice Thursday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports.
Knee soreness caused the quarterback to rest Wednesday, but his return to work Thursday supports the notion that Keenum will be fine for Sunday's game against the Ravens.
Keenum completed 19-of-35 pass attempts for 222 yards and an interception in Sunday's 20-19 win over Oakland. He added 16 yards and a touchdown on three carries.
Keenum was just 5-of-11 for 38 yards, three first downs, and zero scoring drives in the first half. He started with three three-and-outs in the first quarter and followed that up with an interception to start the second. However, the 30-year-old regrouped at the break and led scoring drives on all four second-half possessions, concluding the comeback win with his own rushing score and Brandon McManus' game-winning field goal with just six seconds left. While the Houston product will certainly take the win, he has had a bit of a rocky start to his Broncos career and will look for more consistency Week 3 at Baltimore.
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||6||5||125||76||60.8||828||6.62||60||4||1||4/28||7||2||87.7|
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||6||5||12||5||0.4||4||0||0||1|
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