Timeline of Case Keenum’s NFL career, from undrafted to Minneapolis Miracle to Browns starting QB
The case is on the case Thursday night.
Veteran NFL quarterback Case Keenum has his next opportunity to debut in the league when he takes pictures against the Broncos on “Thursday Night Football,” relieving an injured Baker Mayfield.
Keenum has made quite a career in the NFL after a prolific college tenure as quarterback for the Houston Cougars, and Keenum enters Thursday’s game with 75 touchdowns as an NFL starter. That’s actually a pretty impressive number considering how much he’s traveled.
All-time NCAA touchdown leader Keenum is playing for his fifth team in six seasons after a hot potato start to the NFL season. Now he’s getting another prime-time photo to prove himself in front of the masses on “TNF”.
Here’s how Keenum went from undrafted to rookie for his sixth NFL team:
Case Keenum’s career timeline
April 28, 2012: After going undrafted in the 2012 NFL Draft, the NCAA all-time leader in passing touchdowns signed with the Texans. He is not on the active list for the season; instead, Keenum is in hiding on the team’s practice squad for the duration of 2012.
September 5, 2013: After coming through the 2013 season with the Texans’ practice squad, Keenum is part of the 53-man roster, being named QB3 behind starter Matt Schaub and QB2 TJ Yates.
October 20, 2013: Something surprising: With Schaub battling an injury, Keenum gets the green light to start in place of QB2 Yates, who had started a playoff game for the Texans the previous season. Early in his career, Keenum threw his first touchdown pass, a 29-yard pass to Deandre Hopkins, in a loss to the Chiefs. Keenum leads the Texans to… zero wins in eight starts, with Schaub back in Week 16. He’s inactive for the remaining two games of the season.
August 31, 2014: For the first time in his life, Case Keenum will play for a team that not located in the Lone Star State: The Texans release Keenum to make room for Ryan Mallett.
September 1, 2014: The St. Louis Rams sign Keenum to their practice squad, and he will be released and re-signed to the practice squad in October.
December 15, 2014: The prodigal son returns. Keenum returns to Houston after the Texans signed him to the St. Louis practice squad.
December 21, 2014: A Christmas present ahead for Keenum and the Texans: Replacing injured Ryan Fitzpatrick, Keenum wins his first NFL start, a 25-13 victory over the Ravens. A Texans team led by Keenum would end the season with a win over Jacksonville in Week 17.
March 11, 2015: Hot potato: Keenum returns to take snaps for Rams, backing recently acquired Nick Foles
November 16, 2015: Keenum is named a Rams starter after St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher put Foles on the bench. Keenum would lead the Rams to three straight wins, including the last home game in St. Louis Rams history, a 31-23 victory over the Buccaneers.
March 21, 2016: Rams general manager Les Snead announces that Keenum will be Los Angeles starting quarterback at the start of the 2016 season.
April 28, 2016: With the No.1 selection in the 2016 NFL Draft, the Los Angeles Rams select quarterback Jared Goff. Goff would eventually take over from Keenum, but
November 15, 2016: After a 9-6 victory over the Jets, Keenum is benched in favor of Jared Goff. He would play in a final game for the Rams, relieving Goff in a 34-2 loss to the Seahawks.
March 31, 2017: Keenum signs a one-year contract with the Vikings. He will support quarterback Sam Bradford, who was acquired by the Vikings in 2016.
September 17, 2017: With Sam Bradford sidelined with a knee problem, Keenum starts against the Steelers. Keenum would remain the Vikings starter for the duration of the 2017 season.
January 1, 2018: do you believe in miracles
Trailing 24-23 with just 10 seconds left in an NFC divisional game with the Saints, Keenum connects with wide Stefon Diggs, who would find the end zone with time expired. The touchdown gives the Vikings the 29-24 victory and a date with the Eagles in the NFC Championship game.
Dubbed the “Miracle of Minneapolis,” the victory is the most significant in recent Viking history, and it was led by Keenum.
Keenum’s rise was also led by quarterbacks coach Kevin Stefanski, who would later be elevated to offensive coordinator following John DeFilippo’s sack in 2018.
March 14, 2018: Months after being ousted in the playoffs by eventual world champion Eagles, Keenum turned his big season into a two-year, $ 36 million contract with the Broncos.
Keenum is having a solid but unspectacular season with Denver, throwing 18 touchdowns to 15 interceptions in 16 games as a Denver starter.
March 7, 2019: Just under a year after Keenum signed a two-year contract with the Broncos, he was traded to Washington for a sixth-round pick. Keenum appears in 10 games for Washington and would be benched again in favor of a first-round quarterback, this time Dwayne Haskins.
March 24, 2020: Keenum arrives with his fifth team in as many seasons, this time signing a three-year, $ 18 million contract with the Browns. He reunited with Stefanski, who served as the Browns’ head coach in January.
“Case has been a substitute in this league, he’s been a starter in this league. He understands as a substitute how it’s your job to support the starter and be ready to play in a moment,” said Kevin. Stefanski on the signing. “At the end of the day, we’re adding a really smart and tough football player to this room.”
October 21, 2021: Keenum gets his first start since 2019, replacing Baker Mayfield in a clash against one of his former teams, the Denver Broncos.