Case Keenum wants to show he's the Broncos' answer at quarterback (Jeff Legwold, ESPN)
Keenum, who turns 31 in February, signed a two-year, $36 million deal last March, a prove-it sort of contract that the quarterback hopes is just the start of a long run in Denver. And Sunday's season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers is his last chance to show the Broncos what he can do before roster decisions are made this offseason.
"I don't look at it that way," Keenum said after Wednesday's practice. "Yeah, I want to play here the rest of my career. I look at it as I have to do my absolute best every week, it's not just this week. I'm not just going to turn it on. I've done the best that I possibly can every week, played as hard as I possibly can. Have I done my best? In my own mind, I could have done better, I should have. You could say 'coulda, shoulda, woulda.' I've learned from my mistakes and am going to continue to grind. That's who I am. We'll talk about all that at the end of the year."
"I hate it": Broncos react to Phillip Lindsay missing Pro Bowl after season-ending wrist surgery (Kyle Fredrickson, Denver Post)
"He's had a great year, obviously, and to go out that way is not good for him," Joseph said. "But it doesn't take from the year he's had. He's a great find for this football team and moving forward he's going to be a great player for this franchise."
Lindsay suffered the injury on his 10th carry against Oakland. The Broncos trailed 17-0 and faced first down from the Raiders' 14-yard line with 5 minutes left in the third quarter. Lindsay lined up beside quarterback Case Keenum in the shotgun and took a handoff up the middle behind pulling tight end Brian Parker. Lindsay found daylight and gained 7 yards before a combination tackle by Raiders' safeties Karl Joseph and Erik Harris put him on his back. Lindsay did not return.
"I hate it after the year he's had and just the spark he gives us, not just on the field, but in the locker room," Keenum said. "It's not the ending you want for a guy like that. It's tough but he'll bounce back and I know he'll come back stronger."
'He probably sees ghosts': How Phillip Lindsay's magical rookie season was years in the making (Nicki Jhabvala, The Athletic)
"It was a little bit of everything. He wants to show well in everything at a pro day, but for him I also knew the gold-standard numbers were your power numbers, which are your jumps — your vertical and your broad jumps — because it shows that you got that explosiveness, you have that pop," said Landow, who has worked with some 700 professional athletes at his facility. "But ultimately the gold standard is your speed. So I think he had to run fast to be seen and to maybe make people go back and review his film."
Twice a day for five or six days a week, Landow's pre-combine group — which also included now Cowboys receiver Michael Gallup, Colts receiver Daurice Fountain, Jaguars defensive lineman Taven Bryan and Seahawks linebacker Jacob Martin — spent hours honing their technique, their speed, their acceleration, their strength, and their positional skills.
In January, Landow tested them for baselines. Lindsay ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash. His vertical jump was around 29 or 30 inches, and his broad jump was in the 9-foot-3-inch range. Two months later at his pro day in Boulder, Lindsay ran a 4.39 40, a time that would have ranked as the second-fastest among all running backs at the combine this year. Lindsay also added more than 5 inches to his vertical (35.5 inches) and more than a foot to his broad jump (10 feet, 4 inches).