With Starting Status In Doubt, Keenum Knows He Must Adapt
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Houston (CBS Houston) – The Texans off-season conditioning program started this week, meaning players and coaches could sit in one room and talk strategy for the first time since Bill O’Brien was hired.
O’Brien’s stated desire to draft a quarterback leaves Case Keenum, who started the final eight games of last season, in limbo.
“I can’t really answer that question,” Keenum said when asked by SportsRadio 610 if he expected to be the starter next year. “I think everybody’s mindset on the team should be that they are going to go and be a starter. If you‘re not wanting to be a starter, if you‘re not wanting to go out there and contribute and help your team in the best way possible, and if you don’t think you can, then you shouldn’t be playing.”
Keenum has spent his entire career under Gary Kubiak, so Bill O’Brien’s arrival brings with it a different feel.
“It’s very different,” Keenum told SportsRadio 610. “The cosmetics have changed just with the decorations and the weight room, locker room and signs and stuff like that. A lot of people have changed too, just with the coaches and even new players showing up.”
The Texans scheme has also changed. Come May, he’ll have to compete with Ryan Fitzpatrick, who the Texans signed this off-season, T.J. Yates and a potential number one overall pick.
“It’s a quarterback friendly system. I’m excited to get in there and really learn all the little nuances.” Keenum said. “It’s a lot on the quarterback’s plate, but I’m excited. I’m ready to learn.”
New coach, new veteran quarterback, and the potential of a new rookie quarterback. There’s plenty of things casting doubt on Keenum’s future with the Texans. But entering his third year in the NFL, his ability to adjust will likely determine his fate.
“That’s how the NFL is though, it’s a game of change. It changes every year. Your team changes every year different people come and go, so you have to learn to adapt and you have to learn to change.” Keenum said.
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