What to expect from Case Keenum with the Washington Redskins
The Denver Broncos have had many moving parts at the quarterback position over the past few years. This one is no different. Denver traded for longtime Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. That left Case Keenum with no role in the organization.
His role will now be with the Washington Redskins. Denver sent Keenum to Washington just one season after signing him to a two-year deal. The Redskins sent a sixth-round pick to the Broncos while receiving a seventh-round pick along with Keenum.
Keenum is set to make $18 million this season. Washington will restructure his contract so they can afford to have the veteran under center. The Redskins have been linked to Arizona’s Josh Rosen, however, Ian Rapoport reported that Keenum was Washington’s main target.
The Redskins will go from Alex Smith to Keenum. These are two quarterbacks with different styles of play.
What should Redskins fans expect from Keenum heading into 2019?
3. A Short Stay
One thing to expect from Keenum is a one-year stay. This is the final year of a two-year contract for the quarterback. The Redskins will restructure so they are not paying the full amount. When it is all said and done, there is no way that Washington re-signs Keenum.
They will have Keenum in camp to compete with Colt McCoy, however, it would be shocking to see Keenum on the bench to start the season. This will Keenum’s fourth team in four years, and he will be looking for a fifth after next season.
2. A Veteran Presence
The quarterback of a team has to be the leader. Keenum is just that. Despite his success on the field, he knows how to lead a football team.
He did a lot of good things as a member of the Vikings in 2017. He was not slated as the starter to begin the season, but stepped in nicely after Sam Bradford went down with an injury. Keenum finished with 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions in a season that ended in the NFC title game.
The Redskins are in need of a leader. Derrius Guice and Josh Doctson headline their skill position players. Both are young and in need of guidance. Adrian Peterson eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark last season in D.C. That might have earned him another contract. With Keenum, and possibly Peterson, in the huddle, the Redskins will have two veteran minds leading their team.
Harsh, but true. Keenum has had significant playing time over the course of three seasons for three different teams. He has led the Rams, Vikings, and Broncos in the last three seasons. In 43 starts from 2016-2018, he has thrown 33 interceptions. Last season, Keenum finished with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in Denver.
To put it in perspective, Smith threw just five picks for the Redskins before going out for the season with a broken leg. Washington was 6-3 under Smith before turning to Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson. Now they will rely on Keenum.
He has always had a tendency of throwing the ball up for grabs. In Denver, he played behind an abysmal offensive line. The Redskins, when healthy, sport one of the best lines in the league. Regardless, Keenum is a turnover waiting to happen, which will have fans restless in no time.