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.
Keenum completed eight of 13 passes for 78 yards and a two-point conversion during Saturday's 24-23 loss to Chicago.
Keenum led Denver's offense to a touchdown and a field goal during his three drives of work, the latter two going for 21 total snaps. There is likely a throw or two that Keenum would like to have back, particularly a missed pass into the end zone to Emmanuel Sanders that forced Denver to settle for a field goal, but the game was an overall improvement for Keenum. If he's able to build on this performance in his third and likely final preseason game, he may be primed to best last season's career year.
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.
|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|