Case Keenum

Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #17
Cleveland Browns
Quarterback #17
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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

Engineers two long drives

Keenum completed 9-of-12 passes for 74 yards and one touchdown with one interception and two sacks in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Giants in Preseason Week 2.

Analysis: Keenum started once again, as Baker Mayfield remained on the sideline for the second consecutive preseason tilt, and was in the game for three possessions. He engineered an 81-yard scoring drive the first time Cleveland had the ball, delivering a tight-window strike to KhaDarel Hodge for a touchdown on fourth-and-goal from the seven. He then had the Browns in the red zone on the second drive but threw a nasty end-zone interception. Kyle Lauletta finished out the game from the end of the second quarter.

Aug 23, 2021 3:59 AM EST

Starts preseason opener

Keenum completed 12-of-17 attempts for 115 yards in Saturday's 23-13 win over Jacksonville in Preseason Week 1.

Analysis: The Browns held starter Baker Mayfield out, so Keenum naturally stepped in. He played the the first three series, engineered two scoring drives (both field goals), and established a rhythm with offensive regulars who were not held out, such as Donovan Peoples-Jones and Rashard Higgins. Keenum appeared in just two games (15 snaps) last season.

Aug 15, 2021 7:06 AM EST

Under contract for 2021

Keenum is expected to return as Cleveland's backup quarterback for 2021.

Analysis: Keenum appeared in one game, serving in relief while starter Baker Mayfield dealt with a rib injury. He signed a three-year deal prior to the 2020 season, which includes guaranteed money for 2021, and the soon-to-be 33-year-old Keenum is a known commodity to head coach Kevin Stefanski.

Jan 18, 2021 5:54 AM EST

Enters game in relief

Keenum completed five of 10 pass attempts for 46 yards with no touchdowns or interceptions in Week 6 against the Steelers.

Analysis: Keenum entered the game late in the third quarter after Baker Mayfield was pulled due to the aggravation of his rib injury. The game was already well out of reach, meaning he wasn't asked to do much in the closing quarter. More importantly, Keenum could be counted on to start in Week 7 against the Bengals if Mayfield is too injured to suit up. Keenum last suited up for major playing time as the quarterback for Washington in 2019, when he managed a 65 percent completion rate and an 11:5 TD:INT ratio.

Oct 18, 2020 7:24 PM EST

Set to back up Mayfield

Keenum has agreed to a three-year, $18 million deal with the Browns, Mary Kay Cabot of The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Analysis: Keenum will provide the Browns with an experienced backup behind starting QB Baker Mayfield. Keenum -- who turned 32 in February -- saw action in 10 games for Washington in 2019, including eight starts, throwing for 1,707 yards with 11 TDs and five picks.

Mar 16, 2020 2:53 PM EST

Planning to leave Washington

Keenum doesn't expect to re-sign with Washington, Ethan Cadeaux of NBC Sports Washington reports.

Analysis: New head coach Ron Rivera did say Dwayne Haskins (ankle) will have to earn the starting job, but that doesn't necessarily mean Rivera views someone like Keenum or Colt McCoy as a viable alternative. For what it's worth, Keenum went out of his way to compliment Haskins, noting that the 22-year-old showed enough improvement late in the season to keep the job heading into 2020. As for his own career prospects, Keenum hopes to find another opportunity to compete for a starting role. He's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent March 18 at the beginning of the new league year, one month after his 32nd birthday.

Jan 21, 2020 6:59 AM EST

Modest numbers to close out season

Keenum completed 18 of 37 passes for 206 yards and a touchdown with one interception in Sunday's 47-16 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Getting his first start since Week 8 due to Dwayne Haskins' ankle injury, Keenum wasn't able to generate much offense against a desperate Dallas defense. The veteran QB finishes the year having completed a strong 64.8 percent of his passes (160-for-247), but his 11:5 TD:INT and 6.9 YPA over 10 games were less impressive. Those numbers should be good enough to land him a backup job as a free agent in the offseason, but Keenum is unlikely to return to Washington -- in addition to Haskins, the QB room could contain a returning Alex Smith (leg), and there's always the possibility a new head coach decides to bring in his own choice as a franchise QB with the second overall pick in next year's draft.

Dec 29, 2019 5:53 PM EST

Drawing Week 17 start

Keenum will start at quarterback Sunday against the Cowboys with interim coach Bill Callahan ruling Dwayne Haskins (ankle) out for the Week 17 contest, Nick Shook of reports.

Analysis: Haskins' rookie season came to the end early in the third quarter of Sunday's 41-35 overtime loss to the Giants, when the first-round pick suffered a left high-ankle sprain. Keenum, who had opened the season as Washington's starter, came on in relief of Haskins for just his second appearance since Week 8, finishing out the loss with 16 completions for 158 yards and a score across 22 attempts to go along with a one-yard touchdown run. Keenum's presence under center shouldn't amount to much of a dropoff, if any, for Washington's pass catchers as the Redskins attempt to score an upset win over the playoff-hopeful Cowboys on the road.

Dec 23, 2019 12:19 PM EST

Steps in for injured Haskins

Keenum completed 16 of 22 pass attempts for 158 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 41-35 loss to the Giants.

Analysis: Keenum began the game on the bench, but he stepped in when Dwayne Haskins (ankle) was injured on the first play of the third quarter. He was rather efficient as he completed 73 percent of his passes while completing a seven-yard touchdown pass to Steven Sims on his second possession. If Haskins is unable to play next Sunday against the Cowboys, Keenum would be in line for a starting role for the season finale.

Dec 22, 2019 5:07 PM EST

Out of protocol

Keenum (concussion) isn't listed on the Redskins' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Out of the NFL's protocol for head injuries, Keenum is set to be active for the first time since Week 8. On Sunday against the Jets and beyond, though, he'll serve as the backup to rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins, which likely will hold for the rest of the campaign.

Nov 13, 2019 2:11 PM EST

Returns to practice

Keenum (foot/shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice, Ben Standig of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Though Keenum didn't take any reps in Washington's first practice of the week Wednesday and was listed with two injuries on the team's official report, his absence was essentially viewed as a maintenance day. After returning to work without any limitations Thursday, Keenum is on track to make another start Sunday against the 49ers after piloting the Redskins to their first victory of the season in Week 6.

Oct 17, 2019 1:34 PM EST

Can't practice Wednesday

Keenum (foot/shoulder) did not practice Wednesday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Keenum is receiving a rest day to begin the week, according to JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington, though it's worth noting that he appears to have picked up a right shoulder injury Week 6 versus the Dolphins. The veteran signal-caller remains the likely favorite to start Sunday versus the 49ers, barring any setbacks, in which case Dwayne Haskins would once again serve as the Redskins' top backup.

Oct 16, 2019 12:56 PM EST

Efficient in win

Keenum completed 13 of 25 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 17-16 win over Miami. He added 10 yards on four carries.

Analysis: Even against a leaky Dolphins defense, Keenum didn't pile on the yards, but he did enough to get Washington the win, lofting up a 25-yard touchdown to Terry McLaurin early in the second quarter and then hitting the rookie for a second score, a 33-yarder, early in the third quarter. Keenum had an ugly Week 3 against a very talented Bears defense, but has otherwise been solid for a Washington team with more significant issues elsewhere on the roster. Keenum was just good enough to best a winless Miami team Sunday, but he'll need to step up his game to top a 49ers defense that has frustrated opposing quarterbacks this season.

Oct 13, 2019 2:29 PM EST

Named as Week 6 starter

Keenum will start Sunday's game in Miami, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Interim head coach Bill Callahan confirmed Keenum will get the Week 6 start, with rookie Dwayne Haskins serving as the backup. Keenum has two 300-yard games to his name this season, but he's been plagued by sloppy mistakes, including four interceptions, three fumbles and a bunch of misfired passes to open receivers. His matchup for Sunday is as good as it gets, with Miami allowing a league-worst 10.3 yards per pass attempt.

Oct 11, 2019 10:55 AM EST

Gets in full practice Wednesday

Keenum (foot) practiced in full Wednesday, Kareem Copeland of The Washington Post reports.

Analysis: Earlier Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported that Keenum is on pace to start Week 6 in Miami after taking a seat this past Sunday against the Patriots. With an uncapped practice under his belt, Keenum proved the health of his right foot, which had been encased in a walking boot both of the previous two Wednesdays. Now, we'll await interim head coach Bill Callahan's decision on the Redskins' starting QB at some point in the next two days.

Oct 9, 2019 1:38 PM EST

In line for Week 6 start

Keenum (foot) is expected to start Sunday's contest at Miami, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.

Analysis: Keenum has been battling a foot injury for a few weeks and even sat out this past Sunday against the Patriots. Helping his cause this time around is the fact he was present at Wednesday's practice, per Ben Standig of The Athletic. Assuming Keenum gets through Week 6 prep unscathed, he'll push Colt McCoy back to a reserve role while rookie signal-caller Dwayne Haskins assumes third-string duties.

Oct 9, 2019 10:14 AM EST

Held out Sunday

Keenum (foot) is listed as inactive Sunday versus the Patriots.

Analysis: Keenum opened the season with two 300-yard performances and an 8:3 TD:INT through the first three games, but a foot injury has affected him ever since. It even was blamed as the reason for his removal from last Sunday's loss to the Giants, when he yielded to rookie Dwayne Haskins under center. After fellow veteran Colt McCoy was named the Week 5 starter Friday, it appears the Redskins want Keenum to get healthy before reconsidering his installation as the No. 1 QB. Nonetheless, Haskins will serve as McCoy's only backup Sunday.

Oct 6, 2019 8:37 AM EST

Questionable, not starting Week 5

Keenum (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots, Craig Hoffman of 106-7 The Fan Washington reports.

Analysis: Even if Keenum makes enough progress in his recovery from the right foot injury to suit up this weekend, he'll be working in a backup capacity, as coach Jay Gruden has already named McCoy the team's starting quarterback for the contest. Whether McCoy retains that job beyond this weekend will likely hinge on how he fares, so Keenum is far from a safe bet to slot back in atop the depth chart once he becomes further removed from the foot injury. If Keenum isn't fit to handle the No. 2 job Sunday, rookie Dwayne Haskins will serve as McCoy's understudy.

Oct 4, 2019 10:50 AM EST

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