Case Keenum, age 30
Depending on how optimistic you are, you could look at Case Keenum’s magical 2017 season one of two ways.
It was either a flash in the pan and an outlier that won’t happen again, or it was his first real chance to prove what he can do with a talented roster around him.
In Keenum’s time as an NFL starter, he’s had to play on some of the worst teams in the league since 2010.
The 2013 Houston Texans obviously finished with the worst record in the league and Keenum started eight games on that team.
The 2015 St. Louis Rams were 7-9, and Keenum won three of his five starts with that team. That Rams team fired head coach Jeff Fisher a year later and traded a ton of draft picks to move up for Jared Goff in the 2016 NFL Draft.
Since Keenum went 0-8 with the Texans in his first season as a starter, he has a record of 20-10 and obviously won 12 games in 2017 (including a playoff win).
His season as a starter with the Vikings proved a theory that seems to be true across the entire NFL right now, which is that quarterbacks seem to be getting better with age.
How quickly can Keenum adapt to these new surroundings? It’s not like he spent the entire offseason working with Vikings starting players last year, but Pat Shurmur’s offensive scheme was prosperous not only for Keenum but Sam Bradford as well prior to his injury.
The Broncos must look into taking some of the concepts from the Vikings’ offense last year because it was extremely effective for Keenum’s skill set and was also one of the most balanced in the NFL.
Keenum has a great feel for the pocket and is getting better and better at reading defenses. He is able to extend plays with his feet and has a really natural feel for the game. He cut down considerably on interceptions last season and made some of the best throws in the NFL under pressure.
Keenum’s ability to throw the deep ball accurately has also improved since he first became a starter, and he really seems to have developed into an above average or better starter in the NFL.
The Broncos are banking on his trajectory continuing upward this season. Keenum’s leadership and poise will be significant additions to this Denver Broncos team.