Bengals: 3 reasons Case Keenum is the right bridge QB for a rookie like Burrow
By Steve Rivera
The very brief Ryan Finley era only served to tell fans that he is not a starting quarterback, and maybe not much more than a third-string practice player. On a team with a rookie quarterback, Finley just isn’t the guy you want “watching the store” while waiting for someone like Joe Burrow.
Cincinnati needs a veteran for stability, especially with Andy Dalton likely out the door and wanting a starting job only. He also isn’t your quintessential bridge quarterback. Dalton still has some good years in front of him and will win a lot of games for some team down the line.
For better or worse, Keenum is a quarterback who now has a role that fits only certain teams. Odds are, that the magical season he had in Minnesota was more blip than a trend, as a disappointing follow-up season in Denver would eventually show. What’s interesting about Cincinnati, is he’s a significant upgrade to Finley and a quarterback who can string together some wins while the Bengals wait to get a rookie like Burrow ready.
The best thing about Keenum is he will show a rookie how to get ready for Sunday in the NFL. He’s smart and heady, and best of all, a competitor. He is also smart enough to know that his continued employment in the league is for a role like the one that will soon be available in Cincinnati. For both, it could be a win-win situation.