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.