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Keenum stays close to home in Houston

HOUSTON -- Overlooked again, Case Keenum will start his NFL career close to where he proved his skeptics wrong in college.

The record-setting Houston quarterback said Monday that he will sign as an undrafted free agent with the Texans, the team he was hoping would give him his shot.

"It's really unbelievable," Keenum said Monday on the Houston campus. "I'm extremely excited for so many reasons."

Keenum was disappointed that he wasn't drafted. But when the Texans called on Saturday night, he immediately related it to his transition from high school to college.

Houston was the only school that offered him a scholarship after a stellar career at Wylie High School in Abilene. Keenum rewarded Houston's faith by becoming the Football Bowl Subdivision's career leader in yards passing (19,217) and touchdown passes (155), and he's the only FBS quarterback to throw for more than 5,000 yards in three different seasons.

"That's just kind of part of my identity," Keenum said. "Coming out of high school, I had one scholarship offer. I said that before the draft that all I need is one chance, and I got my one chance here, with a great organization and great coaches."

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McCoy goes back to work

CLEVELAND -- Colt McCoy returned to work with the Cleveland Browns not knowing how much longer he'll have a job.

McCoy participated as expected in the team's voluntary offseason conditioning program Monday just days after Cleveland drafted his likely successor, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden.

The Browns selected Weeden, a former minor league pitcher in the New York Yankees' system, in the first round Thursday and the team is expected to start the 28-year-old this season as a rookie. McCoy could be kept as his backup and Browns President Mike Holmgren said over the weekend he could imagine McCoy staying on as the team's No. 2 QB.

"That could be a difficult situation except if it is ever going to work, it will work if that happens, because Colt McCoy is a special young man," said Holmgren, who picked McCoy in the third round in 2010. "Of course he wants to play, they all want to play. Again, nothing has been done yet, we don't know how it is going to sort itself out.

"But, if that were to be the case, at some point, I think we have the best chance of making that work because of who the people are, who the players are."

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Moore joins Lions

DETROIT -- Boise State standout Kellen Moore has agreed to a free-agent deal with Detroit, giving the Lions someone to develop behind starter Matthew Stafford and backup Shaun Hill.

Athletes First spokeswoman Savannah Wall confirmed the agreement on Monday after Moore wasn't picked in last week's NFL draft. Moore is represented by agent David Dunn, chairman of Athletes First.

Moore won 50 games in college, a Football Bowl Subdivision record for a starting quarterback, but wasn't among the 253 players taken in the draft.

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