The Las Vegas Raiders have not made it a fact Derek Carr will be their starting quarterback in 2020. In the meantime, they could fortify the quarterback position as a whole by signing possible free agent Case Keenum, who says his future might not be with Washington.
Why/How Case Keenum can help the Raiders?
Keenum has had a rather nomadic career after joining the NFL as an undrafted free agent. Between the Miracle at Minneapolis and starting for Jeff Fisher’s perennial 7-9 teams, the quarterback has shown he’s got the talent to sling it at the pro level. At the same time, he’s not good enough to be a cornerstone player but solid enough to be a bridge quarterback, someone who could help the Raiders regardless of who the starting quarterback will be in las Vegas.
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Incumbent Derek Carr has never been challenged for the starting spot since he took over in 2014. In the same manner, he’s always been backed up by late round prospects (Matt McGloin) or other team’s discarded projects (E.J. Manuel, Mike Glennon). Maybe that’s why he hasn’t raised his game to the next level, he’s never felt the heat and Keenum and his “got nothing to lose mentality” would provide it. The former Washington signal-caller has shown he can sling it albeit with less than stellar results sometimes.
On the other hand, if Carr is replaced by a rookie prospect, which at this point is uncertain, said first year player could sit and learn for a while before he displaced Keenum, who would be fully aware of his role with the team.
At the time of writing, DeShone Kizer and Nathan Peterman are still with the Raiders, but neither have shown they could push Carr or lead the team while the rookie develops. Likewise, they have an atrocious track record as starters with their previous teams.
Case Keenum wouldn’t offer the Raiders long term relief but could definitely help them improve as soon as he signed with the team.
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