Case Keenum: Houston Texans to Sign Local Star QB

Zachary D. RymerMLB Lead WriterApril 28, 2012

HOUSTON - DECEMBER 03:  Quarterback Case Keenum #7 of the Houston Cougars salutes the crowd for the last time after scoring in the fourth quarter against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles during the Conference USA championship game at Robertson Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Houston, Texas. Southern Miss Golden Eagles won 49-28.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Former Houston quarterback Case Keenum broke numerous NCAA records during his college career, but NFL teams were not impressed. Keenum went undrafted in the 2012 NFL draft.

However, Keenum has already found himself a job in the NFL. John McClain of the Houston Chronicle reported the good news on Twitter:

Case Keenum us signing with the Texans.

— John McClain (@McClain_on_NFL) April 29, 2012

From one Houston team to another. If nothing else, a cool story.

The Texans are pretty well set at quarterback. Matt Schaub will be the team's starter in 2012, and 2011 rookie T.J. Yates earned the right to be Schaub's backup after his performance late in the 2011 season.

However, the Texans cut Matt Leinart last week (see Pro Football Talk), opening up a spot on the team's quarterback depth chart. That's a spot Keenum will presumably fill.

Keenum is limited as a quarterback. He's a little short for an NFL QB at roughly 6'0", and he doesn't have a whole lot of arm strength. He played in a spread offense that called for him to make a lot of short throws, and he's not used to making complex reads.

Still, Keenum is accurate with his short throws, and he has a reputation for being a hard worker. The Texans are signing a guy who will at least be a model citizen. 

Down the road, don't be surprised if Keenum is viewed as a potential starter, a la Matt Flynn towards the end of the 2011 season. He may not start with the Texans, but he could catch on as a starter somewhere else.

For now, all Keenum can do is work hard and keep getting better.


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