How the AFC West stacks up now with Case Keenum in Denver


Case Keenum is expected to sign with the Denver Broncos when free agency officially opens Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET. Broncos reporter Jeff Legwold, Kansas City Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher, Oakland Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez and Los Angeles Chargers reporter Eric D. Williams break down how the AFC West will look with a new starting quarterback in it.

Where would you rank Keenum among the other starting QBs (Derek Carr, Philip Rivers, Patrick Mahomes II) in the AFC West?

Gutierrez: Let’s go with a solid third behind Old Man Rivers, who is a potential future Hall of Famer, and Carr, who finished tied for third in NFL MVP voting as recently as 2016. But Keenum would be ahead of the unproven Mahomes, who might have the most explosive weapons in the AFC West in Sammy Watkins, Tyreek Hill, Kareem Hunt and Travis Kelce. Keenum’s best attribute might be his new defense.

Legwold: If it’s the Keenum of 2017 and the Carr of 2017 — the Vikings went 11-3 in Keenum’s 14 starts — you could put Keenum second in the division behind Rivers. But if coach Jon Gruden can kick-start the Raiders’ offense (and Carr’s play along with it), Keenum could slip to No. 3. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders give Keenum a chance to flourish.

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