Case Keenum hasn’t made a lot of noise since coming over via trade and seems to be the forgotten man in the Redskins quarterback battle as all the hype builds up around first rounder Dwyane Haskins.
The Redskins acquired Keenum in March and expected him to become the bridge to their future starter whether they traded for one or drafted one in the future.
Keenum was acquired after a down season in Denver throwing for only 3,890 yards, 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. Keenum’s down season came only one season after he posted his best season of his career while leading the Vikings to the NFC championship game.
In his lone season as the Vikings starter Keenum threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. Keenum ended the regular season with a 98.3 passer rating.
Keenum has been working with Jay Gruden and his system for a few weeks now since OTA’s and is now starting to feel like he could thrive in Gruden’s system.
“I feel good. I feel good with the work that I’ve put in and what I’ve been able to do,” Keenum told reporters. “I’m also really hard on myself and I want to be great. I want to be really good. I love this system, I really do. I think Jay [Gruden] has done a great job putting it together, and I think [Kevin O’Connell], [Matt Cavanaugh], Tim [Rattay], all those guys too. I think it’s really well presented and put together really good. I think I can thrive in it. So, I want to push it to the next level.”
Being the quiet man in camp is nothing new for Keenum as he battles both Haskins and McCoy. Keenum set a few NCAA passing records during his time with Houston despite going undrafted Keenum has turned every chance he’s had into gold.
Although Keenum had a down season with Denver he’s repeatedly told reporters that he’s excited to be in Washington.
“When the dust settled and it finally came to the actual trade and what was happening, I was really pleased,” Keenum said. “My wife and I were really excited to be on a team that wanted me. It’s always nice to be traded for. The Redskins came out and wanted me and sought after me, so that feels good and it feels good to be wanted.”