‘Excited’ Chris Harris gushes about Case Keenum, Broncos offense

If Case Keenum can get the Denver Broncos on track offensively, then the team has a great chance of making the playoffs after missing two straight postseasons. Based on what cornerback Chris Harris said about Keenum on Sunday, that’s well on its way to becoming reality.

Harris absolutely gushed about Keenum’s ability to lead the offense in comments shared by Nicki Jhabvala of The Athletic.

Based on how frustrating the team’s offense has been thus far since Peyton Manning retired, it’s not hard to understand how a modicum of competency would be so exciting to Harris and his defensive teammates.

Keenum is coming off a career year. Prior to the 2017 season, he was a career journeyman who had a record of 9-15 as a starter, had completed less than 60 percent of his passes while throwing 24 touchdowns and 20 interceptions.

Essentially, Keenum was the definition of mediocre.

Then he broke through with a stunningly successful 2017 season upon taking over for Sam Bradford in Minnesota, where he went 11-3 while completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards, 22 touchdowns and just seven interceptions — all career-best numbers.

The Broncos are crossing their fingers and hoping the 2017 version of Keenum is the guy who leads their offense in 2018, rather than the player we knew before. Especially because, after Keenum on the depth chart, it’s looking grim.

So far, it sounds like he’s well on his way to making that happen.