Keenum: We Could Be Really Good

Case Keenum has high hopes for the Denver Broncos in 2018

Reiter Than You
September 05, 2018 - 8:33 am

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Since winning the Super Bowl in 2015, the Denver Broncos have struggled through two disappointing season, going a combined 14-18 in 2016-17. While the defense has fared well overall, quarterback play has been a key weakness.

Case Keenum, who signed a two-year deal with Denver in March, hopes to change that.

“I’m really excited for this team,” the Broncos quarterback said on Reiter Than You. “Offensively, I think we've built a great foundation. I think the receiver room – Emmanuel (Sanders), DT (Demaryius Thomas), Courtland (Sutton), DaeSean (Hamilton) – guys that are hungry, that want the ball, and they’re competing with each other and growing and learning from each other. The offensive line has played really well this preseason, and I think those guys getting on the same page is going to be really crucial to our success. For us, we just got to take care of the football. If we end every series with a kick, our defense is going to play really, really well. We got a great defense and great pass russ rushers. I’m excited. I think we’ve got a chance to be really good.”

Keenum, 30, had his best NFL season last year, throwing for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns to lead Minnesota to the NFC Championship Game. He is playing for his fourth team in five seasons, as his road to NFL starting quarterback has been anything but typical.

“I’d be lying if I said it hadn’t influenced a little bit of my past,” Keenum said. “I always like to say that I like to prove people right that have believed in me rather than prove people wrong that didn’t believe in me. But it still feels good to prove people wrong. I’ll be the first to admit that. I probably have a little chip on my shoulder, just being an underdog. A lot of people told me I wasn’t going to make it at the next level, I wasn’t going to make it at the college level, I wasn’t going to make it in NFL. So it’s driven me, it’s pushed me, and I’ve used it as motivation.”

Denver hosts Seattle in Week 1. Kickoff is at 4:25 p.m. ET.