Browns QB Case Keenum ahead of start against Broncos: ‘I’m built for this’

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BEREA, Ohio (WJW)– Cleveland Browns quarterback Case Keenum will spoke with members of the media Wednesday afternoon just hours after he was named the starter for Thursday night’s game against the Denver Broncos.

“I feel very ready. You know, I’ve been ready. You don’t have to get ready if you stay ready and I’ve been ready since I got here,” Keenum said.

The Browns will without the running duo of Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt. They could also potentially be without Odell Beckham Jr., Jack Conklin and Jedrick Wills. Keenum said he’s used to the uncertainty, not knowing if he will play and even introducing himself to players while calling plays

“I’m built for this. This is what I’ve done my entire career.”

Baker Mayfield had started in 51 consecutive games, but will miss the matchup. The QB, who was already dealing with a partial tear in his non-throwing shoulder, was further injured during Sunday’s loss to the Cardinals.

Keenum had nothing but praise for Baker, calling his desire to play impressive and inspiring.

“He’s a tough, tough, tough dude and he fought through some serious pain just to practice,” Keenum said. “It would take a freight train to keep him out of the game.”

Keenum joined the Browns in 2020 after eight starts with Washington. He’s been with the Broncons, Rams and Texans, and worked with Stefanski during his time with the Vikings. His best season was in 2017 with Minnesota when the Vikings were NFC North champions.

“Obviously, very familiar with Kevin from our time going all the way back to Minnesota, but just over the last year and a half and two years really, we have gotten to work and really put in this Cleveland Browns offense and even more specifically what it is in 2021. I have been right in the middle of it the whole way, getting reps – millions of reps honestly – with my mind,” Keenum said.

He also said he tried to reach out to former Broncos teammate and eight-time Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller, who had some serious trash talk for the Browns offensive line.

“I think we came to an agreement that he is just going to go out there and not rush the quarterback – I think he is going to take a knee every time on third down so I think we will be good,” Keenum joked. “He didn’t say that. I think he changed his number.”

The 33-year-old played during the 2021 preseason, completing 33 passes for 298 with a touchdown.

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