QB Case Keenum - Denver Broncos
|6-0, 208||Born: 2-17-1988||College: Houston||Drafted: ---|
Week 14: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Case Keenum and this passing offense have reaped the benefits of what has been a strong rushing game over the past few weeks. This was particularly true last week as Phillip Lindsay went off on the ground while Keenum was asked to pass the ball just 21 times--tied for his lowest attempts this season. Despite the low volume performance, Keenum still struggled as he completed just 57 percent of his passes--his third game in a row with a sub-60 percent completion rate. To his credit, Keenum is taking care of the ball with four straight turnover-free games after opening the season with at least one interception thrown in each of his first eight games. Courtland Sutton took the spotlight last week with a season-high 84 receiving yards and his third touchdown of the season. Sutton is a massive target, suited well for the jump ball passes that leverage his size and physicality to fight for the ball in the air. As such, this will limit him to a boom or bust option, which has been his guise all season long. Emmanuel Sanders suffered an Achilles injury during practice this week and will likely miss the remainder of this season. Sanders has been the central focus of this Denver passing offense, representing nearly 25 percent of the targets which will now be vacated. Courtland Sutton's role should be expected to increase, while Tim Patrick should slide into the second outside receiver role with rookie DaeSean Hamilton, who is coming off a recently sprained MCL, picking up the role as slot receiver. The 49ers may have limited Russell Wilson to 185 passing yards last week, but that was strictly by design as Wilson had his way with this defense by amassing four touchdowns on just 11 completions. Cornerback K'Waun Williams played particularly poorly as he gave up a couple of those touchdowns. Williams has played well at times this season but is allowing over two-thirds of the passes thrown his way to be completed. The matchup with Williams should present an opportunity for new slot receiver DaeSean Hamilton to make an immediate impact. Ahkello Witherspoon has played poorly in coverage also and should be a positive matchup for Courtland Sutton if the 49ers elect to keep Richard Sherman on his normal left side. Sherman has been effective for most of this season, but despite his solid play, this secondary is still giving up the fifth-most yards per reception to opposing receivers with a league-low two interceptions. The defensive line also lacks any true threat to opposing quarterbacks without an elite pass rusher, so the decent pass-blocking Denver offensive line should have no trouble protecting Keenum in a plus matchup.
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Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Case Keenum's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 13 vs CIN (12 / 21 / 151 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)
Keenum had to play game manager as the Broncos capitalized on turnovers and Phillip Lindsay's big performance on the ground. Keenum threw just 21 passes, targeting Sutton 7 times and Sanders 6. The highlight of Keenum's day was a touchdown pass to Sutton in the 3rd quarter. Keenum took the snap under center with Janovich and Freeman in the backfield behind him, faking the handoff before hitting Sutton with a jump ball in the end zone for a 30 yard score down. Keenum was sacked twice in the contest, and scrambled twice for 9 yards.
2018 Week 12 vs PIT (15 / 28 / 197 / 2 / 0 pass, 3 / -3 / 0 rush)
Keenum had a slow but efficient performance in week 12. He passed for less than 200 yards, but found the end zone twice and did not turn the ball over at all. Keenum and the entire Denver offense were slow in the first half. He eventually led a scoring drive at the end of the 2nd quarter, setting the Broncos up in the red zone with a 17 yard connection to tight end LaCosse down the left sideline. Keenum and LaCosse connected again on the next play, with the tight end running a short curl from the left slot then barreling into the end zone for the score. Keenum loaded up a deep ball for Sanders down the right sideline in the 2nd quarter, but just barely overthrew the diving receiver. The two connected on a deep ball down the right sideline for a 38 yard gain in the 3rd quarter, setting the Broncos up on the Steelers 5 yard line. Keenum rolled out right and found Sanders open in the back of the end zone for a touchdown on the very next play. Keenum found Sanders for another big gain on the next drive, but the receiver was ruled out of bounds on the diving catch. Keenum hit Sanders again on a deep post route in the 4th quarter to set the Broncos up on the Steelers 5 yard line. He targeted Sanders again on the next play, but the receiver was pushed out at the 2 yard line. Phillip Lindsay scored a short touchdown run on the next play.
2018 Week 11 vs LAC (19 / 32 / 205 / 0 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum was pressured by the San Diego defense all day, but never took a sack. He had a lethargic first half as the passing game barely tallied 50 yards. Keenum warmed up in the 2nd half with a few big completions to Sutton and Sanders. His longest completion of the day was a 39 yard gain on a post route to Sutton in the 3rd quarter. Keenum attempted to scramble for a 2 point conversion in the 3rd quarter but was stopped short. Keenum and the offense led a game winning drive with the Broncos down 22-20 in the 4th quarter with less than 2 minutes left in the game. Keenum really came to life on the final drive, completing passes of 30+ yards to Sanders and Sutton and sprinkling in a few short passes to his tight ends and running backs as he went 5 for 6 before the game winning field goal. Keenum spread the ball around pretty evenly on the day, targeting Sanders and Sutton 6 times each, and Lindsay and Heuerman 5 times apiece.
2018 Week 9 vs HOU (26 / 42 / 290 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum had a pedestrian day against the Texans, who acquired receiver Demaryius Thomas just last week. In the absence of Thomas, Keenum gravitated to tight end Heuerman, who he peppered with 11 targets. Keenum loaded up a perfect deep ball that Courtland Sutton couldn't quite secure in the end zone late in the 1st quarter. Keenum found Heuerman for a touchdown in the 3rd quarter, threading the needle between two defenders on a perfectly timed comeback route that left his hand long before Heuerman ever turned around to look for the ball. Keenum led the offense on a final drive to win the game at the end of the 4th quarter, converting 4th and 1 with a short pass to Heuerman, then converting 4th and 8 with a beautiful ball to Emmanuel Sanders in the face of a heavy pass rush. Denver attempted the game winning field goal from 51 yards out, but McManus missed it wide right.
2018 Week 8 vs KC (23 / 34 / 262 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Keenum faced heavy pressure from the Kansas City front 7, taking 5 sacks total for a loss of nearly 50 yards. LB Dee Ford in particular seemed to be all over Keenum nearly every play. Keenum extended an early 1st quarter play with a rollout and found Emmanuel Sanders 49 yards down the right sideline for his biggest completion of the day. He aired out a 50/50 ball to Sutton at the end of the 2nd quarter, and the rookie came down with it for a 42 yard gain down the left sideline. Keenum capped the 1st half with a touchdown pass to Tim Patrick with less than 10 seconds left until halftime. Patrick got behind the safety in a blown coverage by KC and Keenum hit him in the back corner of the end zone for a 24 yard score. Keenum also found tight end Jeff Heuerman for a short touchdown pass at the beginning of the 4th quarter. Keenum picked up a 9 yard gain with a nice scramble at the end of the 2nd quarter. Keenum lost a fumble on a 2nd quarter sack that resulted from him holding the ball much too long, fortunately center Matt Paradis was able to recover it. Keenum was not so fortunate in the 4th quarter, as linebacker Dee Ford slapped the ball from his hands and KC recovered. Keenum was intercepted while attempting a 4th quarter flea-flicker. Cornerback Kendall Fuller made an amazing effort to dive in front of Thomas's route for the ball.
2018 Week 7 vs ARI (14 / 21 / 161 / 1 / 1 pass, 4 / 4 / 0 rush)
Keenum wasn't asked to do much after the Broncos jumped out to an early lead thanks to Josh Rosen's turnover-happy performance. Emmanuel Sanders actually threw the Broncos first touchdown pass on an end-around trick play in the 1st quarter. Early in the 2nd quarter, Sanders got wide open behind the deep safety and Keenum found him for a 64 yard touchdown pass from a shotgun formation. Keenum nearly found Courtland Sutton in the end zone at the end of the 1st half, drawing a pass interference penalty that set the Broncos up on the 1 yard line right before Royce Freeman's 1 yard TD plunge. Patrick Peterson intercepted Keenum early in the 3rd quarter, following Emmanuel Sanders step for step as if he were running his route for him and plucking the ball from the air with a nifty over the shoulder catch.
2018 Week 6 vs LAR (25 / 41 / 322 / 2 / 1 pass, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)
Keenum's day started out rough. He had the ball slapped out of his hand by a defender on the opening drive, but managed to pick it back up and nearly throw an interception. After a three and out, the offense put together a nice drive at the end of the 1st quarter, with Keenum completing several passes to Lindsay and Sanders. Keenum appeared to find Sanders for a long touchdown, but the receiver was ruled down at the 1 yard line and then drew a taunting penalty that backed the offense up another 15 yards. Keenum took a big sack on 4th and 3 at the end of the 2nd quarter. A defender ripped the ball from his hands as he was tackled, but it wouldn't have mattered anyway as it was a turnover on downs. Keenum was evaluated for a concussion during halftime, but returned in the 3rd quarter. Keenum did have a few big chunk plays downfield, always to the left of the formation. He found Sanders for 43 yards down the left sideline in the 1st quarter, Thomas for 45 yards down the left sideline in the 3rd, and finally a big deep ball to Sutton down the left sideline late in the 4th quarter for 41 yard. Keenum found Emmanuel Sanders for his first touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Sanders lined up in the slot with two other receivers on the right side of the formation, and broke his defenders ankles with a nasty double move. Keenum found him and Sanders made an outstanding effort to extend the ball into the end zone after being hit around the 3 yard line. Keenum also found Thomas for one final score at the end of the game. A pass interference penalty set Denver up on the 1 yard line. Thomas lined up in the slot and took off for the back of the end zone, and Keenum hit him with a nice touch pass. Unfortunately, Denver was unable to recover the ensuing onside kick, sealing their 23-20 loss. Keenum was intercepted in the 3rd quarter while looking for TE Brian Parker up the seam. A defender tipped the short pass up into the air, while another made a diving catch for the pick. Keenum had one 6 yard scramble that converted on 3rd down in the 3rd quarter.
2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (35 / 51 / 377 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum attempted a season-high 51 passes as Denver fell behind early and tried to catch up. He struggled for the most part as Denver's O-line couldn't protect him from New York's pass rush. Keenum was sacked 4 times and fumbled on 2 of those occasions. Keenum capitalized on a New York turnover and found Cortland Sutton for a 1st quarter touchdown, taking a shotgun snap in the Jets red zone and buying time with his feet until Sutton worked his way open in the back corner of the end zone for a diving catch. Keenum and the 2-minute offense had 3 chances at the end zone from the Jets 10 yard line late in the 2nd quarter, but he overthrew Heuerman and Sutton in the end zone and also missed Lindsay on a dump off pass. Keenum drove the offense down inside the Jets 10 in the 4th, and did an amazing job avoiding a sack on 4th and 3, but unfortunately couldn't connect with Sanders in the end zone, turning the ball over on downs. Keenum found Demaryius Thomas down the right sideline for a late touchdown in the 4th quarter. Thomas split out wide right and beat single coverage down the field, plucking the pass from the air off balance and staggering into the end zone for the score. Keenum's interception was no fault of his own, as he hit an open Sutton right in the hands at the end of the 4th quarter. The receiver unfortunately let the ball bounce off his hands and into the arms of a waiting defender, resulting in a turnover in the end zone. Keenum continues to favor Emmanuel Sanders with 14 targets heading Sanders' way in week 5.
2018 Week 4 vs KC (21 / 33 / 245 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum struggled again as he did not find the end zone and was intercepted once. The Broncos were making big plays in the running game but abandoned it for the most part in the 2nd half, despite the score being close. Keenum took 4 sacks as he struggled to avoid pressure from the KC front 7. The pick in the 3rd quarter was tough, as he had dropped a beautiful pass into Heurman down the right sideline. Defender Eric Murray just made an outstanding play ripping the ball from Heuerman's hands as he fell to the turf. Keenum led the two minute offense to a field goal at the end of the 1st half. He got the chance again to lead the two minute offense again, down by 4 points at the end of the 4th quarter. He completed an outstanding sideline throw to Sanders to convert 4th and 11, then found Heuerman up the seam for a 36 yard gain, setting the Broncos up near the Kansas City red zone with 33 seconds left. Keenum had Thomas wide open down the right sideline for what would have been the game-winning touchdown, but he couldn't hit the receiver in stride. Keenum's biggest play of the day was a deep ball to Sutton down the right sideline that picked up 42 yards in the 2nd quarter. He narrowly missed connecting with Sutton twice in the end zone on deep balls, including a 3rd quarter pass that did draw a pass interference call and set the Broncos up at the Kansas City 5.
2018 Week 3 vs BAL (22 / 34 / 192 / 0 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
Keenum struggled in the rain, short-arming several passes and also seeing several attempts batted down by defenders at the line of scrimmage. Denver capitalized on an blocked punt to score a rushing touchdown on their first offensive snap of the game. Emmanuel Sanders punched in a 35 yard rushing touchdown later in the 1st, and that was the last time the Broncos found paydirt. Keenum just couldn't push the ball downfield, consistently checking down to short pass options. Keenum's longest completions were a 22 yard pickup by Thomas and a 21 yard reception by Sutton. Keenum fumbled the ball on a sack late in the 2nd quarter on the same play that saw RB Lindsay thrown out for throwing a punch. Keenum was intercepted by Baltimore linebacker Onwuasor while looking for TE Heuerman late in the 4th quarter. The linebacker was tight in coverage and undercut the out route that Keenum threw.
2018 Week 2 vs OAK (19 / 35 / 222 / 0 / 1 pass, 3 / 16 / 1 rush)
Keenum had a rough start against the Raiders, totaling just 38 yards passing in the first half. He couldn't get on the same page with his receivers, with Demaryius Thomas struggling with some drops. Keenum looked for Jake Butt up the seam for a touchdown in the second, but he under threw the ball a bit and a defender managed to high point the ball for an interception right on the goal line. Keenum came out in the second half slinging, and managed to find Emmanuel Sanders for a couple of big gains to get the offense moving. Keenum narrowly missed connecting with Courtland Sutton on a touchdown in 3rd, but the receiver couldn't get both feet down cleanly in the end zone. Keenum picked up a 1st down with his feet in the 4th quarter, rolling out left on 3rd and 3 for an 8 yard gain. Keenum punched the ball in himself late in the 4th quarter. On 4th down from the Raiders 2 yard line, Keenum took the snap from the shotgun in a 5WR set and charged forward into the end zone. Keenum and the offense got the ball back on their own 20 yard line with just over 2 minutes left in the game, down by 2 points. Keenum connected with Sanders and Heuerman twice, as well as Jake Butt to move the Broncos down the field. Keenum found Tim Patrick with less than 20 seconds remaining in the game, setting up the game winning field goal on 4th down. Keenum was only sacked once.
2018 Week 1 vs SEA (25 / 39 / 329 / 3 / 3 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an up and down performance for Keenum, who tossed three touchdowns as well as three interceptions. Keenum was picked off by Earl Thomas early in the contest. The safety was playing deep and jumped the pass as Keenum looked for Demaryius Thomas up the seam. Keenum was picked a second time late in the second quarter as the Broncos attempted to score with their two minute offense. The interception was mostly due to a fantastic diving effort by defender Bradley McDougald. Keenum's third interception was an ugly one, as he simply overthrew his receiver(Sanders) and hit defender McDougald right in the hands in the third quarter. Keenum's first touchdown was all Phillip Lindsay, as the back caught a short out route from the backfield and turned it up the sideline for a 29 yard score in the 1st quarter. Keenum found Emmanuel Sanders in the 2nd quarter for his second touchdown of the day on a play action. Sanders split wide left and ran a deep crossing route, losing his defender in the middle of the field where Keenum found him. The receiver turned on the jets and took the ball up the right sideline for a score. Keenum led a 75 yard scoring drive to take the lead in the 4th quarter. His short memory was apparent as he fearlessly stared down McDougald(who had already picked him twice) and threw a laser past the defender to connect with Demaryius Thomas for his third touchdown. The receiver made fantastic effort to catch the ball and touch both feet down as he fell out of bounds.
Latest NewsBroncos | Case Keenum doesn't do much in win (Sun Dec 2, 05:08 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum completed 12-of-21 passes for 151 yards, a touchdown and no interceptions in the Week 13 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. link to story Broncos | Case Keenum tosses pair of scores (Sun Nov 25, 11:27 PM) - Denver Broncos QB Case Keenum completed 15-of-28 passes for 197 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. link to story
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