Denver was expected to be heavily involved in the Kirk Cousins market but instead made an early splash by reportedly signing Keenum as its new starting quarterback. Keenum has a short of NFL success but is surely an upgrade over the mess that was Trevor Siemian, Paxton Lynch and Jon Weeks Youth jersey Brock Osweiler last season.
Keenum has been in the league since 2013 but had attempted only 777 passes in 26 games prior to taking over for injured Sam Bradford as Minnesota’s starter last season. He exploded for a career season, completing 68 percent of his 481 regular-season attempts for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and 7 interceptions.
Keenum’s inconsistent production over the years and short mean we can’t assume that Denver’s offense will come anywhere close to what it was in the Peyton Manning era — or even to where Minnesota’s offense was last season — but it’s fairly safe to assume that it will be better than last year’s unit, which averaged just 1.7 touchdowns per game (26th).
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Les Snead, after an amazing run of additions in free agency, could afford to operate without first- or second-round picks. But he ended up with volume, anyway. There were a lot of boxes checked in terms of remaining depth, but LA’s draft class is not nearly as exciting as its veteran haul.
Bob Quinn vowed to fixed the running game, and Ragnow’s interior blocking will help. Trading up for Johnson, however, was questionable for the backfield, and Walker was a reach for the secondary. The Lions ignoring linebacker and tight end was not good.
This first draft for Reggie McKenzie with Jon Gruden as coach seemed to have a little disconnect after the solid first-round selection of Miller. Hall and Parker were developmental reaches, while Key, even with his pass-rush upside, carries considerable baggage. Hurst was taken off most teams’ boards because of medical concerns and could end up being a throwaway pick. Ateman is intriguing but also a weird pick, as Martavis Bryant and Ryan Switzer were acquired during the draft. Too many Gruden grinders, not enough Gruden gems.