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Tim Tebow in Denver

Tim Tebow in Denver

Postby zhangzk » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:55 am

Case Keenum's new beginning in Denver was blotted by an uncharacteristic three interceptions Patriots Jason McCourty Jersey , almost half the number he threw in Minnesota last year, when only seven of his 481 passes were picked off.Keenum said he awoke the morning after Denver's 27-24 win over Seattle and "I would say it didn't feel quite like I wanted it to feel after my first win as a Bronco. So, there's a lot of hunger. We're all very, very hungry to get out there and keep getting better this week."The Broncos (1-0) host Oakland (0-1) on Sunday.Despite the trio of interceptions, Broncos coaches didn't flinch in their faith of Keenum. The QB who teamed with Stefon Diggs to produce the Vikings' virtuoso shocker in the playoffs threw three touchdown passes, punctuating the Broncos' best offensive output since the 2015 finale with a frozen rope to a tiptoeing, tumbling Demaryius Thomas for the winning score.Keenum also hit Emmanuel Sanders (10 catches for 135 yards) for his first touchdown since Week 2 last season, and rookie running back Phillip Lindsay for his first career TD, a 29-yard catch-and-run play.Only one other time in Keenum's 43 NFL games has he thrown as many as three interceptions; in 2016 he was picked off four times by the Giants while with the Los Angeles Rams.Keenum said he needs to relax and realize he doesn't have to press with such talent around him."I trust all those guys," Keenum said. "We've got some incredible playmakers that make plays downfield, and if anything, I just need to make sure when a shot's called, it's not necessarily a shot taken. Check the ball down and rely on those guys because I've got some really big-time playmakers, and let them do what they do."I don't have to do everything myself."His interceptions led to two Seahawks touchdowns and thwarted a Denver drive."That's 17 points I'm responsible for," Keenum said.Coach Vance Joseph liked the way Keenum bounced back from his errant throws."After the interceptions he had his best drives," Joseph said. "So, that speaks to his confidence. It speaks to him not folding."Raiders coach Jon Gruden is also a fan of Keenum's and has been ever since interviewing him for his "QB Camp" show on ESPN in 2012, when Keenum came out of the University of Houston as the NCAA's career leader in completions, passing yards and touchdowns."I've been accused of liking everybody, but I really like Keenum," Gruden said. "What he did in college is unseen, the type of production that he had. I told our people a long time ago when I first got here I think THE free agent acquisition in pro football this year is going to be Case Keenum."Not Kirk Cousins, whom the Vikings turned to after Keenum led them to the NFC championship."What he did in Minnesota, the toughness that he put on tape," Gruden said, his voice trailing off in admiration. "He made a throw last week against Seattle, there were two or three Seahawks beating down on him 鈥?it's a 14-yard gain."His pocket presence Youth James Washington Jersey , I think his personality, his fight, his grit, he gets the most out of himself. He's given them consistent, quality play at a position that they haven't had since (Peyton) Manning left."Denver's 470 yards of offense was the most by the Broncos since the 2015 finale when Manning returned from a foot injury to rally Denver past the Chargers and vault them toward their Super Bowl 50 triumph.Keenum is just as big a fan of Gruden's."I'm pretty sure he watched every rep that I'd ever played in college, he found some obscure tape from I don't know where," Keenum said. "It was a lot of fun. I got a lot good feedback."One of Gruden's most scrutinized moves since returning to the sideline was sending pass rusher Khalil Mack to the Chicago Bears in a move that sent shockwaves throughout the league and also makes life easier on the Raiders' AFC West rivals."He's talented," Keenum said, "but I'm pretty sure they're going to play 11 guys. They're not just going to put 10 out there without him."In a conference call with reporters in Denver on Wednesday, Gruden said he's been asked about the blockbuster trade ad nauseam "and rightfully so.""He's a great guy. He's a great player. It's unfortunate we don't have him," Gruden said. "But we feel we did the right thing for this football team, for the future of the Raiders and for this building process."I know we've got to prove it. But so does he."The Arizona Cardinals made their long-awaited move for a potential franchise quarterback, trading up five spots in the first round to select UCLA's Josh Rosen with the 10th pick overall on Thursday night.They acquired a 21-year-old quarterback who is not at all happy he wasn't drafted higher."I thought I should have been picked at one, two or three," he said in a conference call. "...I was really, really angry."As he stewed in his seat at the draft in Arlington, Texas, Rosen said he was prepared to put on a fake face of happiness for whatever team chose him but said that didn't happen when he finally went to the Cardinals."I got really happy and really motivated," Rosen said. "All I wanted to do was basically get on a plane and go straight to Arizona and start working."As to why he fell, "I don't know and I don't care," he said. "It's behind me. I'm an Arizona Cardinal now and I hope I will be for many, many years to come."To get the selection, the Cardinals sent their own first-round pick (No. 15) as well as one of their third-round selections (No. 79) and their fifth-round choice (No. 152) to the Oakland Raiders.It's the highest Arizona has drafted a quarterback since taking Matt Leinart at No. 10 in 2006.Rosen, who had a standout career in college but was hampered by injuries, was the last of the so-called "big four" quarterbacks chosen. Baker Mayfield went No. 1 to Cleveland, Sam Darnold No. 3 to the New York Jets and Josh Allen No. 7 to Buffalo.Rosen is pleased that the "kind of annoying" pre-draft process is over."I'm just excited to get past that and especially get to the substance and do stuff that actually matters," he said.Rosen is expected to be in Tempe for a news conference Friday and participate in rookie minicamp next month.He joins new head coach Steve Wilks and offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.The team addressed the quarterback situation in the short-term in the offseason by signing Sam Bradford to a one-year deal with Mike Glennon as his backup.But the Cardinals sorely need a long-term solution at that position and general manager Steve Keim went ahead with the trade Youth Joseph Noteboom Jersey , knowing that the next team, Miami at No. 11, could be interested in a quarterback.Rosen comes from a wealthy family and has an extremely confident, sometimes brash personality that may have been a factor in him still being there at No. 10.This is what his UCLA coach, Jim Mora said, in a well-publicized interview:"He needs to be challenged intellectually so he doesn't get bored. He's a millennial. He wants to know why. Millennials, once they know why, they're good. Josh has a lot of interests in life. If you can hold his concentration level and focus only on football for a few years, he will set the world on fire. He has so much ability, and he's a really good kid."Wilks said he's "coached a lot of different personalities.""To make a difference, you've got to be different," Wilks said. "I love his personality. He's wired the right way."Do not expect Rosen to speak in boring clich茅s. That's not him."Maybe if I shut up there last three years I could have been picked higher, but I want to be me," he said. "The Arizona Cardinals know what they're getting. They're not getting a kid that's going to say stupid things. ... They're going to get a kid that everyone knows who they're getting every single day they walk in the building."And his outspokenness doesn't bother the Cardinals."I don't think he's afraid to say what's on his mind, which I don't always think is a bad thing," Keim said. "I think there's been some pretty successful quarterbacks in the NFL in recent years who have been wired the same way."McCoy, who worked with the likes of Tim Tebow in Denver and Philip Rivers when McCoy was head coach in San Diego, has said he wants to design an offense that fits the abilities of his players."I understand the situation," Rosen said. "I'm going to come in, I'm going to be respectful. Sam Bradford and Mike Glennon are two amazing quarterbacks and we're going to compete our butts off. Regardless of who's the starter, we're going to support that person. Obviously, I want to be the starter but if I'm not I'm going to support the team, because I'm not Team Josh Rosen playing on the Arizona Cardinals, I'm part of the Arizona Cardinals and I want to win Super Bowls for the Arizona Cardinals."And I think over time that will happen."
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