After being waived twice and traded once over the course of his four year career, Case Keenum of Abilene, Texas now finds himself in a peculiar situation. Though he played well for the Rams after taking over for starting quarterback Nick Foles, it was all but certain that the struggling organization would select a quarterback after trading for the first overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
This became a reality when the Rams selected Jared Goff, in hopes that the former University of Cal standout would be the star quarterback they so desperately needed. However, after a rough pre-season, the first overall pick found himself inactive as the former UH standout led the LA Rams onto the field in San Fransisco on Monday Night Football. Keenum, who was starting an opening day game for the first time in his career, struggled in his debut, completing less than half of his 35 passes and throwing for a meager 130 yards and two interceptions as the 49ers routed the visiting Rams 28-0.
After struggling so mightily against a 49ers team who was coming of a five win season and a host of veteran’s retiring, there were some major question mark’s around the Rams organization; however, Keenum quickly silenced the doubters the following week when he led the Rams to a 9-3 win over the defending division champion Seattle Seahawks. In the win, Keenum threw for 239 yards and completed 18 of his 30 pass attempts. Though it wasn’t always pretty, Keenum was able to lead his team to a key win over the presumptive division favorites.
The following week, Keenum led the Rams to a 37-32 road win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Along with his first two touchdowns of the season, Keenum went 14 of 26 for 190 yards in the close battle. Though he is last in the league in total QBR, Keenum has led the Rams to their first 2-1 record since the 2006 season when Marc Bulger was leading the charge.
With a number one overall pick sitting behind him and a contract that will expire at the end of the season, Keenum’s stats will have to improve as the season goes on; however, wins speak for themselves and if Case Keenum can keep the Rams rolling, they could potentially see their first winning season since 2003.