NFL notes: Case Keenum has a solid debut for the Vikings – Los Angeles Times

Quarterback Teddy Bridgewater need not rush back from injury after Case Keenum showed glimpses of being a capable backup in the Minnesota Vikings’ 17-10 preseason-opening win over the host Buffalo Bills on Thursday night.

Taking over for starter Sam Bradford, Keenum completed 11 of 16 passes for 121 yards. The former Ram engineered a pair of scoring drives — both set up by passes to rookie receiver Stacy Coley.

On the opening drive of the second half, Keenum rolled to his right and hit Coley, a seventh-round pick out of Miami, who made a sliding catch at the Bills’ two-yard line. Fullback C.J. Ham scored on the next play to put Minnesota ahead 10-3.

The Vikings signed Keenum in April as insurance with Bridgewater still recovering from a serious left knee injury sustained a year ago.

The Bills’ starting defense was stout in two series, while their offense struggled moving the ball under new coach Sean McDermott. Jerry Hughes and backup defensive end Eddie Yarborough each sacked Bradford, who played just two series.

Buffalo starting quarterback Tyrod Taylor played three series and complete five of eight attempts for 46 yards.


Mitch Trubisky threw for 166 yards and led three scoring drives after Mike Glennon struggled for Chicago, before the visiting Denver Broncos scored two long touchdowns in the closing minutes to beat the Bears 24-17. Though the Bears have insisted Glennon is their starter, Trubisky might have created a quarterback controversy. The North Carolina product completed 18 of 25 passes in his first pro appearance after making only 13 college starts.

— Now the NFL’s highest-paid running back, Atlanta’s Devonta Freeman looked the part in a brief appearance, scoring on a 15-yard reception from Matt Ryan as the Falcons lost to the Dolphins 23-20 in Miami.

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