By Cedric Williams
After first considering going into the new NFL season with just two quarterbacks on its game day roster, the St. Louis Rams decided on Monday they needed to a veteran to also backup new starter Shaun Hill.
St. Louis didn’t want to trade for anyone, but still was able to find their man when the Houston Texans waived third-year veteran Case Keenum.
The Rams pounced on the chance to claim Keenum and found out Monday afternoon that the former University of Houston would be theirs, even though at least one other tam submitted a claim for Keenum’s services.
The 6’1, 205-pounder flew into St. Louis Monday night and signed his new deal with the Rams Tuesday morning.
Adding Keenum means, if a castatrophe happened and Hill got hurt, the Rams would at least have a quarterback on the roster with some actual NFL regular game experience.
Current No. 2 QB, Austin Davis is only in his second year as a pro and has yet to play in actual regular season NFL game, after spending his rookie season on the Rams’ practice squad.
Keenum was an undrafted free agent when he signed with Houston in 2012. But he did start eight games for the Texans last season, after their starter Matt Schaub was injured.
In those eight starts, Keenum completed 54.2 percent of his passes for 1,760 yards, with nine touchdowns, and six interceptions.
Keenum played particularly well in his first three stats when he amassed 872 yards and seven touchdowns, with no interceptions in games Houston lost by a combined seven points to Kansas City, Indianapolis, and Arizona —all clubs that each finished 2013 with at least 10 wins.
Keenum, who finished his career at the University of Houston as the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdown passes and completions, became expendable for the Texans after that club traded a seventh-round pick in next year’s draft to New England for its former backup QB Ryan Mallett.
To make room for Keenum on the its roster, St. Louis placed tight end Justice Cunningham on the injured reserved list. Cunningham is expected to miss four-to-six weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain in the Rams’ preseason finale against Miami.
Cowboys showing interest in Michael Sam
It only took a day and a half, but at least one NFL team has expressed an interest in Rams’ seventh-round pick and former University of Missouri star Michael Sam.
The Dallas Cowboys are rumored to be interested in possibly adding Sam to their practice squad.
Yahoo Sports! is reporting that Sam will be in Dallas, Wednesday morning to take a physical, and if all goes well, he will likely sign a deal to join the Cowboys’ practice squad.
Sam grew up in Hitchcock, Texas, which is roughly four hours south of Dallas, making a potential shot with the Cowboys an especially attractive possibility for the 2013 NCAA All-American and Co-SEC Defensive Player of the Year.
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Cedric Williams, a lifelong St. Louisan and proud UMSL alum, has been a freelance reporter/photographer covering St. Louis area sports for nearly two decades. Most recently, he has been working as a credentialed beat writer covering the Rams and small-school college sports for Examiner.com and other outlets from around the area. Please share any comments, questions, or feedback with Cedric at email@example.com. His work can be found on Examiner.com.