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Case Keenum | Quarterback

Team: Houston Texans
Age / DOB:  (26) / 2/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
College: Houston
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Case Keenum completed 20-of-42 passes for 185 yards, zero touchdowns, and one interception in the Texans' 25-13, Week 16 win over the Ravens.
The Texans tried to keep their starting quarterback a secret, failing to announce one before kickoff, but the wide belief was it would be Keenum. After going 0-8 with the Texans in 2013, Keenum was signed off the Rams' practice squad on Monday and gets his first NFL win Sunday. He started off hot, picking on Ravens RCB Rashaan Melvin, but eventually cooled off considerably after the opening drive. Keenum still played better than expected considering the circumstances. The 8-7 Texans close out the year against the Jaguars in Week 17. Dec 21 - 4:44 PM

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The Texans still haven't announced Case Keenum as their Week 16 starter.

Per multiple reports, Keenum is fully expected to get the nod over Thad Lewis. But Bill O'Brien comes from Bill Belichick's school of secrecy, so the team isn't announcing it.
Dec 21 - 11:46 AM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Texans are leaning toward starting Case Keenum at quarterback for Week 16 against the Ravens.

As expected. Keenum simply knows the offense better as a whole than Thad Lewis. Keenum spent the summer with the Texans, while Lewis was signed just a few weeks ago. Neither Keenum nor Lewis would be on the fantasy radar. The Ravens may have a suspect secondary, but they have a dominant pass rush.
Source: NFL.com
Dec 19 - 10:10 AM

CBS' Jason La Canfora says "every expectation" is that Case Keenum will start Sunday's game against the Ravens.

Bill O'Brien isn't tipping his hand between Keenum and Thad Lewis. But Keenum makes more sense as he was with the team throughout the offseason program and training camp before losing his backup job to Tom Savage and Ryan Mallett. However, Keenum was brutal in four preseason games going 28-of-52 (53.8%) for 254 yards (4.88 YPA) with zero touchdowns and two interceptions, good for a 51.3 passer rating. He's not even a two-quarterback league option against a Ravens defense that can cover their secondary woes with a swarming front seven.
Dec 18 - 9:51 AM

Texans signed QB Case Keenum off the Rams' practice squad.

It made too much sense. The Texans lost Ryan Fitzpatrick to a broken leg and rookie Tom Savage to a potentially-serious knee injury in Week 15, leaving Thad Lewis as the only healthy QB on the roster. Keenum was part of Houston's final cuts in the summer and knows the offense. He may even be asked to start Week 16 against the Ravens if Lewis hasn't fully picked up the system.
Dec 15 - 9:28 AM

Rams waived QB Case Keenum.

The move clears a roster spot for trade acquisition Mark Barron. Keenum had yet to be active as the Rams' No. 3 quarterback this season. They'll go forward with Austin Davis and Shaun Hill. Keenum showed play-making ability in 2013. He should resurface as someone's No. 3.
Oct 28 - 4:20 PM

Rams claimed QB Case Keenum off waivers from the Texans.

Waived by Houston, which decided to go with Ryan Mallett and rookie Tom Savage behind Ryan Fitzpatrick, 26-year-old Keenum is a natural fit behind Shaun Hill in St. Louis with a similar skill set. Keenum is sneaky athletic and willing to throw into tight windows, though he was slow to learn the Texans' offense last year. If 34-year-old Hill's performance goes south, we wouldn't be at all surprised to see Keenum make starts in the Gateway City. Keenum finished 2013 with a 9:6 TD-to-INT ratio across eight starts, though he completed only 54.2 percent of his throws and fumbled six times, losing two. We'd still expect Keenum to pass Austin Davis on the depth chart within a month or so.
Sep 1 - 4:17 PM

Texans waived QB Case Keenum.

The move clears a roster spot for Ryan Mallett. A third-year undrafted free agent out of Houston, Keenum actually sparked the Texans' offense after first taking over for Matt Schaub last season, but came unraveled due to his inability to identify the blitz. He was effective off play action, however, and showed surprising athleticism. He should have multiple years left in the league as a backup.
Aug 31 - 2:07 PM

The Texans are expected to carry three quarterbacks on their 53-man roster.

Case Keenum appears to be ahead of Tom Savage for backup duties, as Keenum was the No. 2 in the third preseason game and will start Thursday night. They'll both be Texans this year in support of shaky veteran Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Aug 27 - 9:53 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien indicated Sunday that Case Keenum is in danger of losing the Texans' backup quarterback job to rookie Tom Savage.

Fourth-round pick Savage led a 74-yard touchdown drive to win Houston's third preseason game against Denver. "I would say it’s pretty close," O'Brien said. "I think it’s pretty close. We’re discussing that right now." Keenum is 20-of-35 passing for 184 yards, no touchdowns and one interception with two sacks taken this preseason. Ryan Fitzpatrick is clearly locked in as the starter.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 7:49 PM

Case Keenum was given some first-team reps at Texans practice Thursday.

It's unclear whether there's significance behind Keenum's first-team reps, but it's certainly notable. He's clearly ahead of rookie Tom Savage, and starter Ryan Fitzpatrick was brutal in Houston's preseason opener, tossing two picks and managing 55 yards on 14 pass attempts. We still fully expect Fitzpatrick to open the season as the Texans' starter, but he may not have a long leash.
Aug 14 - 10:59 AM

Coach Bill O'Brien said Case Keenum is ahead of rookie Tom Savage for the Texans' No. 2 quarterback job.

Preseason play will ultimately decide who wins the job. If Keenum beats Savage out, then the Texans are expected to keep three quarterbacks. But if Savage wins the job, then most expect Keenum to be part of final cuts.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 6 - 2:27 PM

Case Keenum said he hopes to throw with Andre Johnson this summer before training camp.

Nobody with the Texans has seen Johnson in a couple months. Keenum plans to give him a call, so both players can stay sharp before camp opens. Neither Ryan Fitzpatrick nor Tom Savage, the other two quarterbacks in Houston, has ever played with Johnson. It remains to be seen whether Johnson plans to show up for training camp. Keenum is competing with Savage for backup duties.
Source: CSN Houston
Jun 26 - 9:23 AM

Speaking Monday, coach Bill O'Brien said the Texans could enter training camp with only three quarterbacks.

That means one of Case Keenum or T.J. Yates could be out, as Ryan Fitzpatrick and rookie Tom Savage aren't going anywhere. Keenum was mostly ineffective in eight starts last season, but at least has big-play ability. Yates has attempted only 32 regular-season passes since filling in for Matt Schaub in 2011.
Jun 9 - 2:34 PM

Case Keenum lost an average of 10.58 yards on his 19 sacks this season, the highest for any quarterback with at least 200 passing attempts.

That's four more yards than the other 37 quarterbacks who attempted at least 200 passes averaged as a collective. The next highest was Matt McGloin, who lost an average of 8.83 yards on his six sacks. Keenum's staggeringly high number is indicative of a player who didn't know what to do in the face of pressure, and took sacks even after he scrambled to create time. Keenum has undeniable big-play ability, but lacks the overall polish to be more than a No. 2.
Source: CSN Houston
Jan 23 - 4:23 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Case Keenum
2Thad Lewis
3Tom Savage
RB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3Jonathan Grimes
GLB1Arian Foster
2Alfred Blue
3RB1Arian Foster
2Jonathan Grimes
FB1Jay Prosch
WR11Andre Johnson
2Damaris Johnson
3Keshawn Martin
WR21DeAndre Hopkins
2DeVier Posey
WR31Damaris Johnson
TE1Garrett Graham
2C.J. Fiedorowicz
3Ryan Griffin
4Anthony Denham
K1Randy Bullock