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Keenum may draw interest from Ravens

8/31/2014

If the Baltimore Ravens want to add a quarterback who is familiar with Gary Kubiak's offense, they will likely have a chance to do so very soon.

Case Keenum, who started eight games for Kubiak last season in Houston, has been informed that he will be waived by the Houston Texans, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan. Keenum became expendable after the Texans traded for Ryan Mallett.

The Ravens may see Keenum as a better fit in Kubiak's system than current backup Tyrod Taylor. Keenum's familiarity comes from spending two years with Kubiak, who is now in his first season as the Ravens' offensive coordinator.

How much did Kubiak like Keenum? In Week 7 last season, Kubiak went with Keenum as his starter over backup T.J. Yates when Matt Schaub was injured.

In eight starts, Keenum completed 54 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards (average of 220 yards). He threw nine touchdowns and six interceptions for a 78.2 passer rating.

The Ravens are currently going with Taylor as their backup for a fourth straight season, and they are expected to sign rookie sixth-round pick Keith Wenning to the practice squad.

Taylor had a solid preseason, producing points on 12 (four touchdowns, eight field goals) of 21 drives. But he's considered more of a scrambler than a pocket passer. His lack of patience in the pocket and questionable decision-making has frustrated the Ravens in the past.

In the spring, coach John Harbaugh expressed disappointment with Taylor's recent performances. This may have been the reason the Ravens tried to sign Brandon Weeden in free agency. The Ravens then presumably drafted Wenning as the eventual No. 2 quarterback because Taylor is entering the final year of his contract.

How comfortable are the Ravens with Taylor as their backup now? The Ravens' level of interest in Keenum will let everyone know.