Predictably, Chiefs give Keenum his due

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Donnie Avery, as a senior at the University of Houston in 2007, caught 91 passes, most of them from Case Keenum.

Predictably, Avery had little but praise Friday for the quarterback who helped him get drafted in 2008 in the second round by the St. Louis Rams.

“He’s really good under pressure so we’ve just got to stay after him," said Avery, who last winter worked out in Houston with a group of players that included Keenum. “He’ll take off and run if nothing is there for him downfield. People don’t know that about him but he’s very agile.

“He’ll be well-prepared for us on Sunday, I’m sure.’’

Keenum will start at quarterback for the Houston Texans against the Chiefs on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium in place of the injured Matt Schaub. It will not only be the first start of Keenum’s NFL career but he’ll also be taking his first regular-season snap.

“He knows that offense really well. He can make all the throws,’’ said Chiefs safety Quintin Demps, a teammate of Keenum’s last year with the Texans. “He’s everything you want in a starter.’’

Chiefs coach Andy Reid also showed the proper amount of public respect for Keenum, the NCAA’s all-time leader in passing yards, touchdowns and completions.

“We know he had a good preseason,’’ Reid said. “We also know he was a heck of a player in college. He’s an active player and has a live arm.

“I kind of liked him [coming out of college last year]. I thought he was a good player. I know [Chiefs general manager John Dorsey] liked him. It doesn’t surprise me at all that he’s having a chance to play."