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Bengals: 3 reasons Case Keenum is the right bridge QB for a rookie like Burrow

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ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins calls out instructions in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 29: Case Keenum #8 of the Washington Redskins calls out instructions in the second quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the game at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images) /
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GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams talks with Case Keenum #17 on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
GLENDALE, AZ – OCTOBER 02: Quarterback Jared Goff #16 of the Los Angeles Rams talks with Case Keenum #17 on the sidelines during the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 2, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 17-13. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Jared Goff had a tough rookie season. At the end of the 2016 campaign, Goff was 0-7 and on a bad Los Angeles Rams squad. What few might not remember is that Case Keenum was on Jeff Fisher’s last NFL team. He helped LA to a 3-1 record to open the Rams inaugural season back on the West Coast, before giving way to Goff in Week 11, against the Miami Dolphins.

Keenum has that kind of experience. He’s also someone who understands that his one-off kind of season in Minnesota is seen more like a blip than a trend. Think of Keenum as a bridesmaid, but never the bride. Unfair, perhaps, but Keenum is a guy who gets it.

Should the Bengals draft Burrow, odds are reasonable that Cincinnati could use a veteran like Keenum to assist with a transition. Additionally, Keenum is a journeyman quarterback who has seen the highs and lows and would be more than capable of steering the team should he be required to.

Goff in 2017 was much better than Goff in 2016. In his second season, the Rams made the playoffs and put a 4-12 season behind them. Keenum helped keep that 2016 team afloat and allowed Goff to learn some hard lessons. In 2018, they would reach the Super Bowl, losing to New England 13-3.

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