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Case Keenum says he feels like Uncle Rico with unorthodox training program

Case Keenum’s makeshift training regimen amid the coronavirus pandemic has him feeling like a meme.

During a conference call Wednesday, the new Cleveland Browns quarterback joked that he was training like Uncle Rico, the famous character from the cult comedy classic “Napoleon Dynamite.”

“Is that the guy that set up the video camera out by his camper and threw the football around in this backyard?” he said, per Cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot. “If you haven’t seen it, you need to go check out the video clip. I feel like Uncle Rico at times in my backyard doing drops and throwing the ball by myself. I definitely haven’t thrown as much this offseason as I normally have.

“I know everybody is on their own trying to do their best to get ready and stay in shape,” the 32-year-old signal caller added. “I’m about to go do a little workout with my wife here in our pool. We’re going to do a little pool aerobics. It should be fun. She’ll be excited. We’re just hanging out here, changing diapers and enjoying some family time. We will cross the rest of the bridges when we get there.”

Keenum, who is far from the only Uncle Rico fan in the NFL, just signed a three-year deal with the Browns. He had just a 1-7 record as a starter with the Washington Redskins last season and also battled some injuries, so he probably has a bit more work to do to get ready for the 2020 campaign.

The worldwide shelter-in-place orders have affected those from all walks of life, including professional athletes trying to stay in shape. We recently heard another mention how he felt like Rocky Balboa with his unorthodox training.

Case Keenum gets 3-year, $18 million contract from Browns

Case Keenum

Case Keenum is on to his sixth team since 2014.

Keenum is getting a 3-year, $18 million contract from the Cleveland Browns.

Cleveland had interest in upgrading their backup quarterback spot from Drew Stanton. They reportedly were looking at Chase Daniel as well, but Keenum makes plenty of sense for them.

In 2017, Keenum had a career-year with Minnesota, throwing for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and seven interceptions. His quarterbacks coach that year was Kevin Stefanski, who is Cleveland’s new head coach.

Keenum passed for 11 touchdowns and five interceptions with Washington last season and 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in Denver the year before. Cleveland now will have a steady veteran behind Baker Mayfield, one who could push him to get better.

Case Keenum evaluated for concussion, replaced by Dwayne Haskins

Case Keenum

Dwayne Haskins was on the field when the Washington Redskins’ offense took the field at the start of the second half Thursday night against the Minnesota Vikings, which caught many by surprise. The reason the rookie entered the game is because starter Case Keenum entered concussion protocol.

FOX’s broadcasting crew was unsure when the possible concussion might have occurred, but they played a video clip of a play from the first half where Keenum’s head hit the turf hard.

Washington has been reluctant to play Haskins all season despite making him a first-round pick in the draft. Whether it was Jay Gruden or Bill Callahan as head coach, reports have said the team did not feel Haskins was ready to play.

This is Haskins’ second appearance this season. He was 9/17 for 107 yards and three interceptions in a 24-3 Week 4 loss to the Giants.

Keenum was 12/16 for 130 yards and lost one fumble during the first half.

Case Keenum will remain Redskins’ starting QB

Case Keenum

Despite a somewhat ugly performance in a mud-filled loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon, the Washington Redskins will continue to ride things out with Case Keenum as their starting quarterback.

Interim head coach Bill Callahan informed reporters on Monday morning that Keenum will remain under center while first-round rookie Dwayne Haskins continues to ride pine in what has turned out to be a completely lost season.

“We still have a lot of faith in Case and his ability,” Callahan via NBC Sports Washington.

It’s entirely possible the Redskins are sticking with Keenum simply because of their quick turnaround — they play the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday night in Week 8. After that, they could finally insert Haskins as their starter and close out the season with him gaining as much valuable experience as possible.

Whatever the case may be, Redskins fans aren’t likely to be too keen on Keenum being the guy for one more week. They are tired of losing and are ready to see what the future has in store.

Redskins’ Adrian Peterson puts a stop to Case Keenum’s audible (video)

Adrian Peterson

With just under 13:00 remaining in the third quarter of Sunday’s Week 6 game, Washington Redskins quarterback Case Keenum could be heard yelling out, “kill, kill” as the Miami Dolphins defense came set ahead of a second-and-short.

Keenum had audibled out of a called run to the right side in favor of a pass play, but veteran running back Adrian Peterson was having none of it. His football instincts felt something different from Keenum’s, so he called out to the quarterback to audible back.

“Reload, reload,” Keenum could be heard saying.

At the snap, Keenum handed the ball off to Peterson, who darted toward the right side of the line where he was immediately met by several defenders. However, in Hall of Fame fashion, Peterson scratched and clawed his way to the first down.

After the game, Peterson was asked specifically about that play, but dismissed the situation as little more than a miscommunication, indicating that the coaches called for the original play to run from the sideline and he was just making sure Keenum was on the same page.

That’s one way to avoid tossing your quarterback under the bus…

10 biggest disappointments of NFL Week 4

Ezekiel Elliott

The NFL’s Week 4 included a game in which two teams scored 95 combined points, a late rally to keep the Kansas City Chiefs unbeaten, and the highly-awaited debut of a rookie quarterback in Washington. It also brought its fair share of disappointments — and some of them had to do with those exact storylines.

Who underwhelmed in Week 4? Here are 10 big disappointments.

Dallas Cowboys’ offense

The Dallas Cowboys’ offense looked pretty awesome the first few weeks of the season as they started off 3-0 and scored over 30 points in every game. On Sunday night in New Orleans, their offense went missing. Dak Prescott failed to throw a touchdown for the first time all season. His 6.8 yards per attempt was his lowest of the year. The rushing game was arguably worse and went for just 45 yards on 20 carries. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for just 35 yards on 18 carries with a long of six. Both he and Jason Witten lost fumbles in consecutive possessions before halftime. When they needed big drives late in the game, they ended up punting twice. A 12-10 loss was a rude awakening for a team that had been great through three weeks.

Los Angeles Rams

What happened here? The Rams scored 40 but gave up 55 to a Tampa Bay Buccaneers team that has been inconsistent at best. Jameis Winston went for 385 yards and four touchdowns. A lot of that was set up by quality field position owing to four turnovers by Jared Goff, including three interceptions and a late fumble that was returned for a Tampa Bay touchdown. This will raise a lot of new questions about Goff and the defense, and they’ll have to respond.

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Redskins bench Case Keenum for Dwayne Haskins

Case Keenum lasted roughly a quarter and a half in Sunday’s game against the New York Giants before he was benched.

With the Washington Redskins down 14-0 midway through the second quarter, Keenum was benched in favor of rookie Dwayne Haskins.

The decision was overdue, as Keenum had already been intercepted once in Sunday’s game. He was also consistently missing open receivers downfield.

Keenum spent part of the week in a walking boot thanks to a foot injury. It’s not clear whether it may have played a role in his poor performance, but Keenum has been bad all year. Coach Jay Gruden’s insistence that he was the quarterback who gave the team the best chance to win never looked particularly convincing, and Gruden himself seems to have realized that the situation was untenable.