Joe Flacco is set to be traded to the Denver Broncos for a mid-round draft pick once the NFL League Year starts on March 13th. Case Keenum who was brought to Denver last year on a two year contract and is left as the odd man out. Keenum has one year left on his deal and is owed $18M in salary and a $3M roster bonus.
Case Keenum’s best year was obviously 2017 with the Minnesota Vikings under Pat Shurmur who is now the New York Giants Head coach and people have floated the idea of the Giants trying to remake that magic in Minnesota and bring him in as the Giants QB for 2019. Those people need to stop. I want to look at Case Keenum’s best year v. Eli Manning last year and which he was criticized and rightfully so.
In 2017, Case Keenum had 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. He completed 67.6% of his passes and finished with 3547 yards. He averaged 7.4 yards per attempt.
In 2018, Eli Manning had 21 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He completed 66% of his passes and finished with 4299 yards. He averaged 7.5 yards per attempt.
It’s essentially the same player! People want to regain the magic of a SINGLE year that Keenum had when Eli was just criticized for having the same year. I understand that the numbers don’t tell the whole story because every situation is different and Keenum played one less game than Manning, but Keenum had weapons like Theilen, Diggs, an established run game and a better offensive line. Even if Keenum was able to have a similar year, is it worth running off Eli Manning so that we can have a barely above average QB?
The Giants are drafting a QB in this upcoming draft unless Dave Gettleman throws a complete surprise at us. Would you rather have Eli Manning or Case Keenum mentor a young QB. Eli Manning rose in the playoffs while Keenum won a single game off of a miracle play.
I haven’t even brought up that Case Keenum was absolutely horrible last season for Denver. His touchdowns dropped by 4, completion percentage by 5%, and threw 15 interceptions.
This isn’t some “Eli Manning forever” rant, but give the guy more respect than what we have been. He deserves that.