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Could Case Keenum retire a Bronco?

Case Keenum would like to retire a Bronco someday. Could he actually make it happen?

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Case Keenum wants to leave the Broncos better than he found it. Are the playoffs in the cards?
Casey Barrett of Mile High Report

It’s obviously a bit early to think about Case Keenum’s legacy in Denver. The man’s only just completed his first preseason with the Denver Broncos, but Case left no doubt what he hopes to do.

Case Keenum says Broncos can be 'pretty special,' and he wouldn't mind retiring in Denver -

"I'm not a huge goal-setter," he said. "I like to set a mindset for the year, and here, I'd say it's stepping in and being a leader, being that somebody that people can count on, putting points on the board. But also: Leave a place better than you found it. I'm not saying I'm leaving, but whenever it is, hopefully it's at the end of my career, when I retire as a Bronco."

There’s been a ton of speculation about the Broncos new quarterback all offseason and opinions are pretty split on Keenum. Can he pull off another season like he did last year with the Minnesota Viking’s or will he revert to the career journeyman he’d been previously?

I took a long look at Keenum over the summer for GIF Horse and the link to that is here, but I’ll add a couple thoughts I’ve had since watching Keenum in the Musgrave offense this preseason.

He looks comfortable in both the offense and pocket

Keenum trusts his receivers to make the play and delivers in the face of pressure. It’s a strength of his.

It helps when you throw to the 6’3 Courtland Sutton, who’s earning a lot of “baby Megatron” hype for his work this summer, but in all 3 games Keenum played he displayed trust in his pass catchers to make plays on the ball. With the youngsters like Sutton and Daesean Hamilton as well as the returned health of Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders this Broncos receiving corps could rival or even surpass what Keenum had with the Vikings.

One thing that bears monitoring is how Musgrave manages that gunslinger mindset. In Minnesota Pat Shurmur mixed in a ton of routes where Keenum could check the ball down if things got hot in the pocket. It helped lead to Keenum’s career year as far as completion percentage.

While Denver doesn’t have a tight end as accomplished as Kyle Rudolph, Devontae Booker has earned the coaching staff’s trust for his work on passing downs while rookies Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman both show promise as receivers. Musgrave also proved time and again he’s happy to utilize running backs in the passing game during his time coordinating the Oakland offense.

The Keenum-Sanders connection could be special

These are back to back plays.

Keenum has looked to Sanders early and often in the preseason.
Sanders mentioned this summer that Keenum is a guy that will work after practice. Sort of like one of Sander’s previous QBs.

Questions remain, of course. For one, there are fans that are far more excited to see what the Broncos have in Chad Kelly than the 30-year-old veteran. Mike Florio has already asked the question:

When will Chad Kelly start for the Broncos? – ProFootballTalk

"If/when that happens, it will be no more controversial than the decision to dump Lynch, the decision to bench Manning, the decision to let Brock Osweiler walk away, and the decision to make Tim Tebow run."

What do you think Broncos country?

Still Grazin’? Other Broncos stories to catch up on.

Royce Freeman named the starting running back.

I called this one back in May, but Freeman’s gone from a dark horse OROY candidate to one of the favorites since. He’ll be the first Broncos rookie to start at running back since Terrell Davis. In other Freeman related news, he’s changing his jersey to 28.

Broncos 10-man practice squad finalized.

I for one am beyond pleased the Broncos managed to stash Jeff Holland. I didn’t think he’d make it past teams like the Packers who are really light on the edge.

The Broncos tried to trade Paxton Lynch, but no one wanted him.

People are still debating who’s fault Lynch’s fall from grace is on my Twitter feed. Leave the dead horse lie. At least he’ll have time to help his girlfriend sell her house now.

Su’a Cravens to the IR.

The hope is that Cravens’ can make it back in 8 weeks, but it’s the same injury he had last year that started the controversy in Washington. A real bummer, as Cravens has become a bit of a favorite to help the Broncos D slow down tight ends and running backs. Both Jeff Essary and I have been giddy about his promise all summer.

Kevin Hogan signed to replace Paxton Lynch.

If the preseason NFL Gamepass provided an All-22 I had given some thought to doing a quick film review of Hogan’s work with Washington. Alas it doesn’t. Hogan succeeded Andrew Luck at Stanford and is one of the many, many quarterbacks to have played for the Browns since 1999. He went from their practice squad to his first start in less than 6 weeks back in 2016.