Case Keenum doesn’t know where he’ll be or what to expect this offseason, but that’s nothing new to the Texas native.
“My mindset right now is to continue to battle, continue to get better,” Keenum said last Wednesday at a high school sportsmanship event put on by the Touchdown Club of Houston. “I’ve been battling my whole life to get where I’m at.”
Keenum’s football life has been successful but at the same time a constant struggle. Keenum wasn’t highly recruited out of high school, then went to the University of Houston and broke almost every NCAA passing record. After college, Keenum went undrafted and ended up on the Texans' practice squad. In his second year in the league, Keenum was named Houston’s starting quarterback halfway through the year.
But now, his future is up in the air. Keenum didn’t win a single game in eight starts. And the Texans will most likely draft a quarterback this year and might potentially use the first-overall pick on a new signal caller. If the Texans keep Keenum around, he will be battling it out with a No. 1 pick. It’ll be yet another challenge for Keenum.
“That’s just the position,” Keenum said. “You have to continue to improve yourself every day. Not just to yourself but to your teammates and your coaches. That’s what I plan on doing every single day.”
Keenum said he’s spending the offseason working on his body, getting back to 100 percent and hitting the weight room as much as possible. Keenum said he's met the Texans' new quarterback coach George Godsey but the two haven't had any formal discussions. The Texans haven’t announced their coaching staff yet.
Keenum will have to learn a new offense as well, but said he’s been through coaching changes before. He also said he’s not surprised Gary Kubiak landed the offensive coordinator position with the Baltimore Ravens. Keenum called Kubiak a father-figure and added “I knew with a coach like that it wouldn’t take long.”