Keenum was lockstep with his receivers on Sunday, Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic reports
Several reporters have noted the reduction in balls hitting the turf to start this training camp as compared to those in recent years. Keenum's strengths are his quickness and accuracy, which play into what should be a horizontal Denver offense this season. That doesn't mean, however, that fans should expect Keenum to be Captain Checkdown. The veteran quarterback reportedly hit several receivers, including Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders deep during Sunday's practice. All signs currently point to a significant upgrade at quarterback for the Broncos this season.
Keenum's completion percentage could notice a boost within offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's scheme, which features quick, short throws, Tyler Polumbus of The Athletic reports.
Polumbus traced some of Musgrave's past stops to predict that this year's Broncos offense is likely to resemble former head coach Gary Kubiak's West Coast attack, albeit more simplified and sped up similar to how Chip Kelly ran things with Musgrave on staff in Philadelphia in 2014. This should be welcome news for Keenum, who got his start in the NFL with the Texans under Kubiak. Keenum ranked second in the NFL with a 67.6 percent completion rate in 2017, so he doesn't have quite the room for improvement a young Derek Carr had under Musgrave's tutelage a few seasons ago. Still, an offense built around quick passes and run-pass options seems like a strong fit for somebody with Keenum's accuracy and mobility.
Unlike last offseason, the Broncos are committing to an established starter -- Keenum -- which makes offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave a happy coach. "Case is working hard," Musgrave said. "It's a new system for him, it's a new system for everybody. Case is getting - exclusively - all the reps with the ones. We're not splitting them like you would if you didn't have an established starter, so he's getting more concentrated work, and it's paying dividends." The approach last year, when Trevor Sieman, Brock Osweiler and Paxton Lynch all had turns with the ones resulted in the Broncos ranking 20th in passing offense en route to a 5-11 record. The trio combined to throw 19 touchdown passes, 25th in the NFL. With Keenum locked in as the starter, the team's receivers can focus on building chemistry with just one quarterback during OTAs.
Coming off a shocking breakout season in Minnesota, Keenum joins another team with a potent wideout duo (Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders) and a promising defense, though the move to Denver still represents an overall downgrade in his supporting cast. Keenum's signing doesn't preclude the Broncos from using an early draft pick on a quarterback in April, but it's safe to assume the 30-year-old will receive the Week 1 start. Denver still appears to need a tight end, a No. 3 receiver and a couple more starting-caliber offensive linemen.
Keenum intends to sign with Denver when free agency begins Wednesday, ESPN reports.
It sounds like the Vikings are set to try and sign Kirk Cousins. Keenum will thus move to Denver. However, none of this is official and players could change their minds before signings can officially begin Wednesday. Keenum threw for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns in leading the Vikings to the NFC Championship game.
|P3||8/24/18||@ WAS||7:30 pm|
|P4||8/30/18||@ ARI||10:00 pm|
|3||9/23/18||@ BAL||1:00 pm|
|5||10/7/18||@ NYJ||1:00 pm|
|7||10/18/18||@ ARI||8:20 pm|
|8||10/28/18||@ KC||1:00 pm|
|Bye: Week 10|
|11||11/18/18||@ LAC||4:05 pm|
|13||12/2/18||@ CIN||1:00 pm|
|14||12/9/18||@ SF||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/18||@ OAK||8:15 pm|
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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|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0||0||---||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||6||5||12||5||0.4||4||0||0||1|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||0||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||6||0||0.0||0||0||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
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|2015||St. Louis Rams||6||3||2||0||0||0||0||0||0|