On Wednesday the Washington Redskins had announced they had traded for the Denver Broncos quarterback Case Keenum. Starting every game for the 6-10 Broncos last year, Keenum threw for 18 touchdowns, ran for two more, and threw 15 picks. Throwing for a total of 3,890 yards. Starting 14 games with the Minnesota Vikings the year before, he threw for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns, with only 7 interceptions.
Throughout his collegiate tenure with the University of Houston, Keenum is the all-time NCAA leader in passing completions (1,546), passing yards (19,217), and passing touchdowns (155). Despite this, the 6’1″ quarterback went undrafted back in 2012, signing with the Houston Texans. Since then, starting nearly two complete seasons, he’s proven himself a more than capable second-option quarterback.
Keenum will look to battle out veteran Colt McCoy for that slot. McCoy, who’s been on the Redskin roster since the 2014, went 0-2 subbing in for the injured Alex Smith as a starter. He threw 3 touchdowns, along with 3 coinciding interceptions, before also being sidelined for the season with an injury. After that the Redskins season went downhill, signing free agent quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Josh Johnson midway through the season, who have once again found themselves as free agents. There is no timetable yet on the starter Alex Smith’s return, who broke both his tibia and fibula against the Houston Texans back in November of last year. Although a gruesome injury, ending the career of Hall of Fame Redskin Joe Theisman, his position as the starter seems to be secure for now.
Keenum however, seems to be pleased with the coaches and coordinators he now has to work with, stating ““I’ve never played for a head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach that all played quarterback. So, somebody that understands what we’re looking at, someone that has been in our shoes, to be in a quarterback friendly system, I’m really excited.”
Historically, it’s never really been the coaching staff that’s run players out of Washington, but the front office. As with the case of Kirk Cousins. We’ll see how that plays out, but with a depleted roster that saw itself struggle to put someone competent behind center, trading for Keenum looks to be the organization learning from the past.
No further details have been disclosed as of yet, in regards to the trade, and what the Redskins would be giving up to acquire Keenum.