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Keenum “at his best,” “automatic” at close of OTAs

Posted by Nick Scurfield on June 7, 2012 – 4:41 pm

Quarterback Case Keenum completed a beautiful lofted deep ball down the right sideline to rookie wide receiver DeVier Posey late in Thursday’s practice at the Methodist Training Center.

As nice as that play was, it wasn’t the highlight of Keenum’s day. That came a couple practice periods later as the undrafted rookie from Houston carved up the defense in a two-minute drill situation to end the Texans’ final practice of organized team activities (OTAs).

“His best time in OTAs came at the end of practice today, so that tells me that he’s getting better,” Texans coach Gary Kubiak said. “I put him in a hurry-up environment, and he went out there and was automatic with what he did. He’s learning. He’s figuring out all the spots, and when he does that, I think he’s going to be very effective. I’ve been pleased. I think everything has been moving forward, so I’ve been really pleased, and I guess today made me really excited to see him be at his best.”

Keenum (6-1, 206), the all-time leading passer in NCAA history, was the Texans’ third quarterback in OTAs. He’ll be the second quarterback next week during the team’s three-day mini-camp, working behind 30-year-old free agent addition John Beck. Quarterback T.J. Yates will sit out of mini-camp practices along with other veteran players.

“I’m going to give him a ton of reps,” Kubiak said of Keenum. “I’m going to take some of the older guys and just work them with (head strength and conditioning coach) Cedric (Smith). I’m going to keep the young guys out here next week. He’ll work as the two next week, so that will be good for him and just keep getting as many as he can.”

The Texans are likely to keep three quarterbacks in 2012. Mini-camp could prove to be a critical three days for both Keenum and Beck.

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12 Responses to “Keenum “at his best,” “automatic” at close of OTAs”

  1. By Richard on Jun 7, 2012 | Reply

    Tough call, Beck has been around a while. But Keenum could be a keeper.

  2. By protoTexans on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    I say Keep Keenum, nt just because he is a Houston product & it would guarntee merch sales, but he did not become the all time leading passer in NCAA history because he can’t throw it… Let him run mini camp & lets see!!!

  3. By Ruben on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    PLEASE DONT KEEP BECK! he didnt do anything with the redskins but throw INTs. KEENUM is the answer, he didnt become the NCAA alltime passer for nothing…maybe even the next Drew Brees?

  4. By CRtexan on Jun 8, 2012 | Reply

    I watched a lot of college games last year and I think Keenum had one of the quickest releases I saw all year! I thank he’ll be player in the future.

  5. By murph on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    I find myself wanting to see Keenum to do well. i’m a hometown guy so i want to see him be successful, and I’m hoping to see it be here. I have a feeling that we are going to need help QB this year.

  6. By CRtexan on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Schaub is a very good QB, but if he does not stay healthy and play a complete season this year. then I personally think it’s time to give TJ the reins and Case Keenum could be the number 2 QB That would make a good duo for the Texans…both young with a lot of talent.

  7. By Rude dawg on Jun 9, 2012 | Reply

    Keenum, is a born leader! We need someone to run team with a back bone!!!!

  8. By Matt on Jun 10, 2012 | Reply

    It’s about time people start looking at what Keenum can do and stop looking at his size. The man was awesome in college and is apparently doing very well in practice at the professional level. Give the guy a chance. Some people thought Durant was to skinny to be a star in the NBA, we’ve all seen how that’s played out. I know Keenum didn’t play against top tier defenses in college but that doesn’t mean he can’t. Kolb played for the same team, on a lower level, and all though not a star, he has been a starter in the NFL.

  9. By Mark on Jun 10, 2012 | Reply

    NCAA??? Come on guys… I know Keenum might end up being a good or maybe even great QB. But, to say that because he was the all time leading passer in the NCAA makes him the next Brees isn’t being too realistic… As far as TJ taking the reins at this point is rediculous. Barely squeeking by those last few games, doesn’t make for a reason to make him our next starter… Yes, I was hyped about TJ as well and Leinart going down was actually a good thing for Yates. But, the fact is, he wasn’t ready then and still needs some more growing… As far as Beck goes, the guys just a band aid at best for us… Him being here is mainly for the rookie QB’s to learn from. Basically he’s a working QB coach….

  10. By Connor Serres on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    Either TJ or Keenum will be the future quarterback of the texans, I love matt but he is either playing inconsistent or gets hurt. I would love nothing more then to see Schaub take this team to where they are capapble of going, but I have learned you can not get your hopes up with the Texans. Unless Matt produces big time this year and proves he is a winner and stays healthy, TJ and Keenum will be going into the offseason with quite a quarterback battle.

  11. By Mastergibby on Jun 11, 2012 | Reply

    Keenum is going to be a really good QB in a couple of years. I like the fact that he can throw the ball down field and a quick release. Thats seems to be a problem for our current QB. Too many times i’ve seen the WR have to stop and come back for the ball. Hit’em on the fly.

  12. By Frankie Jaimes on Jun 13, 2012 | Reply

    When it comes to quarterbacks, the truth is that no one really knows who is the real deal. All I can do is wish Case Keenum the best, he has proved doubters wrong and needs to continue to do so. I would like Matt to stay healthy and lead us to a super bowl; if it doesn’t happen I want to see Keenum rack up those points.

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