Sunday, April 22, 2018
Ryan Shucard is a former Republican National Committee communications director who now serves as Vice President of Media Relations for SevenTwenty Strategies, where he directs all strategic media initiatives and outreach for clients. Beyond his professional pursuits, Ryan Shucard is a passionate National Football League (NFL) fan who counts the Denver Broncos as his one and only favorite team.
The Broncos filled a major need this offseason by signing quarterback Case Keenum to a two-year, $36-million contract. Last year's starting quarterback, Trevor Siemian, posted a mediocre win-loss record of 5-5 and finished 28th in touchdowns (12), 27th in passing yards (2,285), 29th in quarterback rating (73.3), and 26th in yards per attempt (6.5). While Keenum himself has struggled at times earlier in his career, Broncos general manager John Elway is a firm believer in his ability, not just because of his on-field success last season, but because of his character and dedication to the game.
With that said, Keenum's play last season speaks for itself. The 30-year-old University of Houston alumnus set career highs in nearly every major statistical category and led the Minnesota Vikings to the NFC Conference Championship. In addition to completing 67.6 percent of his passes for 3,547 yards and 22 touchdowns, Keenum showed his versatility by rushing for a career-high 160 yards.