Case Keenum

Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
Buffalo Bills
Quarterback #17
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Keenum was traded to the Bills for 2022 seventh-round pick, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: This was expected considering Keenum was due to earn $7.1 million next season. The long-time veteran has been a stable backup presence for teams over the years having played in 35 games combined for three separate franchises in the last four seasons. With stalwart franchise icon Josh Allen already set at the quarterback, expect Keenum to be one of the better backups in the league once more.

Mar 19, 2022 1:16 PM EST

Return unlikely

The Browns are expected to trade or release Keenum during the offseason, Jeff Howe and Zac Jackson of The Athletic report.

Analysis: Severing ties to Keenum is one of several expected moves the organization will take to bolster the passing game, including new targets at wideout and tight end. Keenum, who made two starts for the Browns in 2021, is due to earn $7.1 million in 2022, and the team may want to reallocate those dollars.

Mar 5, 2022 6:03 AM EST

Pair of TD tosses in finale

Keenum completed 17 of 24 passes for 176 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in the Browns' 21-16 win over the Bengals on Sunday. He also rushed five times for 15 yards and lost a fumble.

Analysis: Keenum once again did a serviceable job in Baker Mayfield's (shoulder) stead, connecting with Jarvis Landry and Demeteric Felton on touchdown passes of 26 and 10 yards, respectively. The veteran is under contract through next season and therefore figures to remain as a trusted veteran No. 2 option behind Mayfield or a possible offseason addition.

Jan 9, 2022 3:43 PM EST

Week 18 starter

Keenum will start Sunday's season finale against the Bengals, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: With Baker Mayfield not available for the contest as he plans to move forward with a procedure to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, per ESPN's Jake Trotter, Keenum will draw the starting assignment this weekend. Meanwhile, Nick Mullens is back from the COVID-19 list and on track to be elevated from the practice squad to serve as Cleveland's No. 2 QB versus Cincinnati. Keenum thus represents a fantasy lineup candidate for those scrambling for a Week 18 signal-caller for any reason, as well as a reasonably-priced DFS option.

Jan 5, 2022 8:30 AM EST

Frontrunner for Week 18 start

Keenum is expected to start Sunday's game against the Bengals after head coach Kevin Stefanski said Tuesday that Baker Mayfield (shoulder) is scheduled to undergo surgery "as soon as possible" and won't be available for the season finale, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Though Stefanski didn't officially name a Week 18 starter, Keenum will presumptively receive the nod, considering he's served as the No. 2 signal-caller behind Mayfield all season when both have been available. Kyle Lauletta, meanwhile, is another option at the position, though he's bounced around multiple organizations since entering the league in 2018 and has only had a few weeks to get up to speed with the Cleveland playbook since being signed off Jacksonville's practice squad Dec. 17. Keenum previously filled in as a starter in place of Mayfield on a Thursday night game against the Broncos back in Week 7. The Browns leaned heavily on a D'Ernest Johnson-led ground attack in that contest, but Keenum was competent when his number was called, as he completed 21 of 33 attempts for 199 yards and a touchdown in Cleveland's 17-14 win.

Jan 4, 2022 11:38 AM EST

Could play Week 18

With news that Baker Mayfield will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left non-throwing shoulder and may not play Week 18, per Jake Trotter of, Keenum would be in line to start the final game of the season.

Analysis: Mayfield fought through multiple injuries which contributed to poor play, but he also struggled with accuracy and made poor decisions. It's conceivable the Browns move on from Mayfield, even though the team has plenty of talent to compete in 2022. Whether they head into next season with Keenum as the starting quarterback remains to be seen; they could entertain potential upgrades during the offseason while they remain in a competitive window.

Jan 4, 2022 6:30 AM EST

Suits up Saturday

Keenum (illness) is listed active for Saturday's game against the Packers, Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram reports.

Analysis: As is Baker Mayfield, who is slated to start the contest. In that context, Keenum, who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, is in line to serve as Cleveland's No. 2 QB on Saturday.

Dec 25, 2021 12:14 PM EST

Clears COVID protocols

Keenum (illness) has cleared COVID protocols and is available for Saturday's game against Green Bay, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal and Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Analysis: Keenum was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, but was subsequently listed as questionable by the Browns as he navigated through the league's COVID protocols. His Week 16 status will be finalized upon the release of the team's inactives in advance of Saturday's 4:30 ET kickoff, but Keenum is now poised to back up Baker Mayfield versus Green Bay.

Dec 25, 2021 7:40 AM EST

Officially questionable for Week 16

Keenum (illness), who was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, will be listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Packers, Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: The designation is only procedural with Keenum being one week removed from testing positive for the virus, but because he's cleared the NFL's COVID-19 return-to-play protocol, he's on track to play Saturday. With Baker Mayfield (illness) also coming off the same list Friday, he's expected to handle his usual starting role, while Keenum backs him up.

Dec 24, 2021 12:41 PM EST

Returns from COVID list

Keenum (illness) was removed from the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: As was Baker Mayfield, who figures to start Saturday's game in Green Bay. Keenum should fill his usual role as the backup, after both he and Mayfield missed last week's loss to the Raiders, allowing Nick Mullens to step in for one start.

Dec 24, 2021 12:28 PM EST

Can't gain clearance for Monday

Keenum (illness) has not cleared the league's COVID-19 protocols and will be unavailable for Monday's game against the Raiders, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Keenum and No. 1 quarterback Baker Mayfield (illness) both remain on the COVID list setting the stage for Nick Mullens to helm a short-handed Browns offense. Kyle Lauletta, whom Cleveland recetly signed off Jacksonville's practice squad, will be relied upon as the No. 2 option behind Mullens. Both Keenum and Mayfield will now work to gain full clearance in time for Saturday's upcoming road matchup in Green Bay.

Dec 20, 2021 7:42 AM EST

Moved to COVID-19 list

The Browns placed Keenum (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday.

Analysis: News of Keenum testing positive for the virus first arrived Thursday, but the Browns didn't officially deactivate him until a day later. Because of the Browns' mounting COVID-19 concerns, the NFL officially moved the team's Week 15 game against the Raiders from its originally scheduled date Sunday. The Browns and Raiders are now scheduled to play Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET, and the two-day delay coupled with the NFL's newly updated COVID-19 return-to-play protocols could give both Keenum and Baker Mayfield -- who tested positive Wednesday -- a chance to play Week 15. If neither Keenum nor Mayfield is available, the Browns will turn to Nick Mullens to serve as their starting quarterback.

Dec 17, 2021 3:51 PM EST

Headed to COVID list

Keenum has tested positive for COVID-19, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, Keenum will join fellow QB Baker Mayfield (illness) on the reserve/COVID-19 list, which currently leaves Nick Mullens as the Browns' top available signal caller as Saturday's game against the Raiders approaches.

Dec 16, 2021 2:19 PM EST

Preparing for Saturday start

Keenum is in line to start Saturday's game against the Raiders with Baker Mayfield added to the COVID-19 protocols list, Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal reports.

Analysis: Mayfield, who is asymptomatic, per Nate Ulrich of the Akron Beacon Journal, can still produce two negative tests before Saturday's game and be part of the lineup, but the Browns are preparing Keenum to start. He filled in for Mayfield earlier this season, directing the team to a 17-10 win over Denver on a Thursday game Oct. 21. While the Browns have been hit hard by a COVID outbreak and several skill players are impacted, Keenum will have one tool that wasn't available to him against the Broncos -- Nick Chubb. Cleveland's offense starts with its running game, and Chubb is one of the best in the NFL.

Dec 16, 2021 5:34 AM EST

Enters for two snaps

Keenum played two snaps and did not attempt a pass in Sunday's 24-22 win over the Ravens.

Analysis: Keenum entered the contest after a sack of starter Baker Mayfield forced him to the sidelines for evaluation. The backup handed off the ball to D'Earnest Johnson for a couple of plays before the Browns punted. Mayfield was back in the game by the time Cleveland had possession again.

Dec 13, 2021 4:41 AM EST

Plays in blowout loss

Keenum completed 8 of 12 pass attempts for 81 yards against New England on Sunday.

Analysis: Keenum stepped in for Baker Mayfield (knee/shoulder) in the third quarter, with the knee detail being the latest development on Mayfield's bill of health. It's believed that Mayfield could have kept playing if the game hadn't been a hopeless blowout, eventually ending 45-7, so Mayfield is expected to start against Detroit in Week 11.

Nov 14, 2021 2:17 PM EST

Solid, mistake-free in spot start

Keenum completed 21 of 33 passes for 199 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions in the Browns' 17-14 win over the Broncos on Thursday night. He also rushed four times for seven yards.

Analysis: Logging the spot start for Baker Mayfield (shoulder), Keenum turned in a yeoman's effort, staying away from turnovers and allowing D'Ernest Johnson to carry the bulk of the offense on his shoulders out of the backfield. The veteran also displayed good pocket presence by taking just one sack against an aggressive Denver defense, and he undoubtedly benefited from having both Odell Beckham (shoulder) and Jarvis Landry (knee) active for the contest. Mayfield's myriad of shoulder and rotator cuff issues currently have his return timeline in limbo, so it remains to be seen if Keenum will get the call again in a key Week 8 AFC North home matchup against the Steelers a week from Sunday.

Oct 21, 2021 8:27 PM EST

Draws Thursday night start

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski said Keenum will start Thursday's game against the Broncos in place of Baker Mayfield (shoulder), Dan Labbe of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Mayfield will presumably be ruled out for the contest while he recovers from a complete tear of the labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder, but the Browns haven't decided on his status beyond Week 7. Nonetheless, Keenum -- who came on in relief for Mayfield in last week's blowout loss to the Cardinals -- will step in under center for his first start since he was a member of Washington in 2019. Keenum has plenty of experience running Stefanski's offensive system from their time together in Minnesota, so the transition from Mayfield to Keenum could prove to be a relatively smooth one.

Oct 20, 2021 7:45 AM EST

Needed in relief Sunday

Keenum completed one of three passes for six yards after replacing Baker Mayfield (shoulder) late in Sunday's 37-14 loss to the Cardinals.

Analysis: Mayfield was able to play through his shoulder injury and remained in the game until it was well out of hand, so it seems likely he'll be under center for a Week 7 home tilt against the Broncos. If he winds up being shut down, however, Keenum would get the nod against the team he started 16 games for in 2018.

Oct 17, 2021 5:44 PM EST

Mops up win

Keenum played the final series of Sunday's 26-6 win over the Bears.

Analysis: The Browns took over for the final possession at the Bears' 21-yard line following the ninth sack of Chicago's rookie quarterback, Justin Fields, and let Keenum run out the clock. He handed the ball off twice then took three knees.

Sep 27, 2021 4:39 AM EST

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