After giving up twice and traded once during his four-year career, Case Keenum of Abilene, Texas is now in a particular situation. Although he played well for the Rams after taking over for starting quarterback Nick Foles, it was almost certain that the organization struggling choose one quarter after trading for the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.
This became a reality when the Rams selected Jared Goff, in the hope that the former star of the University Cal would be the star quarterback they desperately need. However, after a rough preseason, the first choice was found inactive as former UH standout led the Los Angeles Rams on the field in San Francisco on Monday Night Football. Keenum, who began a game of the opening day for the first time in his career, struggled in his debut, completing less than half of his 35 passes and throwing for a measly 130 yards and two interceptions as the 49ers routed the visit Rams 28-0.
After struggling so hard against a team of 49ers who had a five-win season and a retired veteran crowd, there was an important question marks around the organization Rams; However, Keenum quickly silenced the skeptics next week when he led the Rams to a 9-3 victory over the champion of the division Seattle Seahawks defense. In victory, Keenum threw for 239 yards and completed 18 of 30 pass attempts. Although it was not always pretty, Keenum was able to lead his team to a key victory over the favorites of the presumptive division.
The following week, Keenum led the Rams to a 37-32 victory on the road against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. With his first two touchdowns of the season, Keenum was 14 of 26 for 190 yards in close combat. Although it is the last in the league in total QBR, Keenum led the Rams to their first 2-1 record since the 2006 season when Marc Bulger led the charge.
With a number one overall pick sitting behind him and a contract expiring at the end of the season, Keenum statistics will improve as the season continues; However, victories speak for themselves and if Case Keenum can keep rolling Rams, they could see their first winning season since 2003.