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Case Keenum | Quarterback | #7

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/17/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 215
College: Houston
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According to Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, free agent Case Keenum "still seems to be the favorite" to return as the Vikings' starting quarterback in 2018.
Based on his comments, OC John DeFilippo seems to prefer an "athletic quarterback with ability to extend plays." Keenum and Kirk Cousins both fit that profile, though Keenum would obviously come at a much cheaper cost. Walters feels it would be "out of character" for the Vikings to get into a bidding war and expects Cousins to sign wherever he can get the most money. Minnesota blocked QBs coach Kevin Stefanski from joining Pat Shurmur in New York, which could be a sign the Vikings would like to keep the status quo by retaining Keenum. Feb 18 - 10:16 AM

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Vikings coach Mike Zimmer would not commit to re-signing Case Keenum Tuesday at his year-end press conference.

When asked if Keenum deserved to be the team's starter next year, all Zimmer could muster was, "We're going to work through the process." Keenum struggled against the Eagles in Sunday's NFC Championship but was solid throughout the year, finishing second in the league in completion percentage and seventh in quarterback rating. Of course, Keenum had never been a full-time starter before this year and turns 30 next month. Whether it's from the Vikings or another team, Keenum should get a huge raise this offseason after earning just $2 million in 2017.
Jan 23 - 3:01 PM

Impending free agent Case Keenum said the Vikings have given no indication whether they'd be interested in re-signing him.

Keenum thrived filling in for an injured Sam Bradford this year, even winning a playoff game in the process. While it's hard to envision the Vikings using the franchise tag on Keenum, it wouldn't be a surprise if they brought him back as a one or two-year stopgap before handing the reigns to a future franchise quarterback. Wherever he ends up, the 29-year-old (he turns 30 next month) should be in for a big raise after being one of the league's biggest bargains at $2 million in 2017.
Jan 22 - 1:55 PM

Case Keenum completed 28-of-48 passes for 271 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions in the Vikings' NFC title game loss to Philadelphia.

Keenum opened the scoring with a first-drive 25-yard touchdown strike to Kyle Rudolph, which was of course followed by 38 unanswered Eagles points. When the game was still in doubt, Keenum’s biggest mistakes came on a first-quarter 50-yard pick six caused by DE Chris Long’s pass rush and a second-quarter lost fumble to set up Alshon Jeffery’s first TD. Keenum was still a steady hand this season, logging a 22:7 TD-to-INT ratio and completing 67.6% of his throws, assisted by elite receiver play and a high-percentage Pat Shurmur-coordinated offense. Shurmur is expected to be the next coach of the Giants, and 30-year-old Keenum is up for free agency. Despite his strong 2017, we’re not buying reports Keenum will get the franchise tag. With Sam Bradford and Teddy Bridgewater’s deals also up, GM Rick Spielman has many tough decisions ahead.
Jan 21 - 10:03 PM

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, there is a "possibility" the Vikings will use the franchise tag on Case Keenum.

Minnesota has not negotiated "at all" with Keenum, which has surprisingly worked to his benefit as the quarterback's stock continues to rise. The Vikings haven't assigned the franchise tag since 2011, but if they decide to break that trend by using it on Keenum, the 29-year-old would earn a salary in the range of $23.6 million for 2018. That would be an enormous raise from Keenum's current $2 million salary. Even if it's not via the franchise tag, Rapoport expects Keenum to be back with the Vikings next season.
Jan 21 - 11:45 AM

Case Keenum completed 25-of-40 passes for 318 yards with one touchdown and one interception while rushing once for four yards Sunday in the Vikings’ Divisional Round win over the Saints.

He was sacked twice for a loss of 10 yards. Sunday marked Keenum's first postseason start and it was a game he'll never forget. Keenum was held in check for much of the game and committed a costly interception in the third quarter on a pass that never should have been thrown. Facing pressure from Cam Jordan, Keenum lobbed up an awkward pass that was easily intercepted by Marcus Williams. Keenum redeemed himself in heroic fashion by uncorking a 61-yard touchdown pass to Stefon Diggs on the final play of regulation as the Vikings walked off with a thrilling 29-24 victory. The Vikings are one win away from Super Bowl LII, which will be played on their home turf at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. To get there, they'll have to knock off the top-seeded Eagles in next week's NFC title game.
Jan 14 - 8:17 PM

Case Keenum completed 21-of-29 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' 23-10, Week 17 win over the Bears.

With the (easy) victory, the Vikings secured the No. 2 seed in the NFC. Keenum ends the regular season with a 22:7 TD:INT ratio. He threw only two picks over his final seven starts. If the top-seeded Eagles lose in the Divisional Round, the Vikings won't play a road playoff game, including the Super Bowl. No team in NFL history has played a Super Bowl in their home stadium.
Sun, Dec 31, 2017 05:05:00 PM

Case Keenum completed 14-of-25 passes for 139 yards and a touchdown in the Vikings' Week 16 win over the Packers.

On a chilly night in Green Bay, Keenum played his worst game in months. He missed too many throws and couldn’t execute in the red zone, forcing the Vikings to settle for three field goals. Keenum's lone touchdown pass went to Stefon Diggs in the first quarter. As Minnesota trounced a non-competitive Green Bay team 16-0, Keenum's volume was lesser than usual. The Vikings will close out the regular season against the Bears in Week 17.
Sat, Dec 23, 2017 11:30:00 PM

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Andrew Krammer doesn't expect the Vikings to use the franchise tag on contract-year QB Case Keenum.

Or Sam Bradford. Both Keenum and Bradford are scheduled to be free agents, while Teddy Bridgewater has one year left on his contract. Minnesota will very likely be interested in bringing Keenum back barring some catastrophic meltdown in the playoffs, but GM Rick Spielman hasn't used a franchise tag since 2011. After making just $2 million this season, Keenum will be in for a huge raise, whether it's back in Minny or elsewhere. He's No. 2 in completion percentage.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 10:08:00 AM

Case Keenum completed 20-of-23 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 15 win over the Bengals.

Keenum was nearly perfect in this one, completing 87 percent of his passes. His first touchdown went to Stefon Diggs on a 20-yard dart over the middle. His second came with the game well out of hand to TE Kyle Rudolph from one yard out. Keenum's fantasy upside was limited by the Vikings blowing the Bengals out early resulting in him being pulled early in the fourth quarter. Keenum will be a QB1 in a favorable matchup against the Packers that should remain competitive.
Sun, Dec 17, 2017 04:03:00 PM

Case Keenum completed 27-of-44 passes for 280 yards, two touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Vikings' Week 14 loss to the Panthers.

Keenum rushed for 40 yards, making plays as usual with his feet and extending plays. He also lost a fumble on a strip-sack by Mario Addison. The three turnovers were obviously not ideal, but Keenum played pretty well. He was hurt badly by what the television crew counted as five drops by Minnesota pass-catchers. One of Keenum's picks was one of those by Stefon Diggs that popped right into the air. Keenum should be under center Week 15 against the Bengals.
Sun, Dec 10, 2017 04:28:00 PM

Case Keenum completed 25-of-30 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns in the Vikings' Week 13 win over the Falcons.

In a game of mostly fruitless drives, Keenum came up with a long one when it mattered most. Down by two late in the third quarter, Keenum orchestrated a 15-play drive on which he converted two third downs and found Kyle Rudolph for what ended up being the game-winning score. He also connected with Adam Thielen on a third-down late in the fourth quarter to help salt the massive win away. It was not a great fantasy performance from Keenum, but he now has multiple scores in four of his last five games. He will look to keep it going next week against the Panthers, a game coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Keenum will start.
Sun, Dec 3, 2017 03:48:00 PM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said he is "going to go one week at a time" at quarterback.

Case Keenum was just named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, but that is not enough to earn him any assurances. "That's just the way it is," Zimmer said. "I'm not looking to pull him, but every week is a different week in this league." Keenum's leash has to be longer today than it was a month ago, but it is clear a couple bad performances still could see Teddy Bridgewater take over as the starter.
Source: ESPN
Thu, Nov 30, 2017 10:17:00 AM

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer wouldn’t commit to Case Keenum as his starter beyond next week.

Keenum has played good enough to not be benched, but remains on a short leash. Despite seven straight wins, he’s a bad week away from returning to a backup role. The Vikings view Teddy Bridgewater as their franchise quarterback and need to see Bridgewater post knee-surgery in a walk year. Keenum will start against the Falcons, but his job security is week-to-week.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 06:57:00 PM

Coach Mike Zimmer confirmed Case Keenum will start Week 13 against the Falcons.

It's impossible to go away from Keenum right now. The Vikings are rolling at 9-2, and Keenum just had another big game on Thanksgiving, throwing for 282 yards and two touchdowns in the win over Detroit. He's thrown multiple touchdowns in three of the last four games and is willing to take chances, scramble around to make plays, and stand in the face of pass rushers. Keenum is playing easily the best ball of his pro career and will have Week 13 streaming appeal.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 12:20:00 PM

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