‘All eyes forward’: Case Keenum speaks after Baker Mayfield tests positive for COVID-19

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BEREA, Ohio (WJW)– Case Keenum will likely get his second start as a Cleveland Brown against the Las Vegas Raiders.

He spoke with members of the media briefly Wednesday afternoon.

The Browns added a slew of players, including starting quarterback Baker Mayfield, to the COVID-19 list. With the game on Saturday, there’s less time to get the required two negative tests to play.

“I think it’s all eyes forward. Everyone’s getting ready to go. Maybe a lot more mentally,” Keenum said. “We’re looking nowhere, but forward. We don’t have time or energy to look backward.”

Quarterback Case Keenum (5) during practice on November 17, 2021. (Photo courtesy: Cleveland Browns)

At this point in the season, every game is critical to keep the Browns playoff hopes alive. The Raiders, at 6-7, are in a similar position.

“It’s a solid defense, starting upfront. They play hard. They’re really good at pass rushing,” Keesum said about the Raiders. “At the backend, they’re really well coached and sound. You can tell by all the different looks other teams give them.”

In his last start with Cleveland, Keenum led the Browns to a 17-14 win over the Denver Broncos. He was 21 for 33 with 199 yards and one touchdown.

Keenum joined the Browns in 2020 after eight starts with Washington. He’s been with the Broncos, 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.

“It’s pretty unique. I’d say nothing really surprises me about the NFL these days. It just adds another thing to the portfolio of strange situations.”

“I think my skillset, the history of my football game, where I’ve been taught… I think experience is priceless and I’ve had a lot of experience in a lot of different places,” the veteran QB said.

Here is the current list of Browns members who have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Wednesday morning:

  • HC Kevin Stefanski
  • Acting RB Coach Ryan Cordell
  • QB Baker Mayfield
  • WR Jarvis Landry
  • CB Troy Hill
  • DT Malik McDowell
  • DE Ifeadi Odenigbo
  • S John Johnson
  • TE Austin Hooper
  • OT Jedrick Wills
  • G Wyatt Teller
  • G Drew Forbes
  • DE Tak McKinley
  • WR Jojo Natson

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