The Rams will play their first game in Los Angeles since 1994 when they host the Cowboys in their preseason opener this weekend and Case Keenum will start at quarterback.
That’s not a surprise since Keenum has been running the first team all offseason, but it’s hard to find anyone who thinks Keenum is more than just a placeholder until the Rams decide to move first overall pick Jared Goff into the starting lineup. Anyone other than Keenum, perhaps.
Keenum said Monday that he knows the consensus opinion is that his days as a starter are numbered, but that he’s not paying any attention to opinions outside the organization.
“I’m putting up blinders, man,” Keenum said, via ESPN.com. “I’m not worried about anything. I’m in a great spot for myself. Whatever happens is going to happen. I understand other people have to do their jobs, but I’m going to go and do my job.”
The Rams didn’t make the trade to get Goff to shore up their backup quarterback position, but Keenum can delay his ascent by playing well in practice and the preseason. A good performance could also set him up for a job elsewhere once Goff is established as the starter in Los Angeles, giving Keenum plenty to play for until the Rams send him to the bench.