No matter what YOU may think of the reported two-year, $18 million/year deal for Case Keenum, Emmanuel Sanders likes it.
And that’s a pretty good player to impress.
Though he deleted his early morning tweets on the matter, the former SMU wide receiver recalled playing against Keenum’s Houston Cougars in college - and being wowed.
When a fan chimed in that Denver hasn’t really proved having “a system like that,” Sanders once again defended the journeyman QB, pointing out his “poise” and specifically noting his statistics where they count most - in the red zone.
Keenum was 51.4 percent in completions in the red zone in 2017 and had 17 touchdowns compared to one interception, For comparison, Kirk Cousins was 50 percent with 17 TDs and three INTs while Trevor Siemian was 45 percent with nine TDs and 0 INTs.
As Scott Kacsmar pointed out in January, Keenum and Tom Brady were the NFL’s best under pressure last season.
“It’s not so much about the volume of pressure put on a quarterback, but it’s how he handles it in the big moments on third down, in the red zone, and with the game on the line. ...In 2017, Minnesota’s Case Keenum (58.5) and New England’s Tom Brady (54.0) led all quarterbacks in QBR under pressure with marks that rank among the top 10 in all seasons tracked since 2009.”
Whatever the stats, Sanders seemed pleased to have Keenum’s presence under center joining the team.
For a guy who just retweeted the memory of joining “wide receiver heaven” with Peyton Manning’s Broncos in 2014, it was an important endorsement for Keenum.