NFL Insider: Charean Williams’ five cents

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My five cents

1 Case Keenum has won over Houston, but he hasn’t sold his coach. Gary Kubiak isn’t ready to anoint Keenum the starter over Matt Schaub. But Keenum deserves another shot after completing 15 of 25 passes for 271 yards, a touchdown and a 110.6 passer rating against the Kansas City Chiefs.

2 Jay Cutler, out at least the next four games, becomes a free agent in the off-season. The Chicago Bears face a tough decision. Cutler, 30, has not played all 16 games since 2009. He sports a 55-45 record and has led his team to the playoffs only once in his career. The Bears, though, are 2-6 in his absence the past three seasons.

3 Blaine Gabbert, the 10th overall pick in 2011, is nearing the end of the road in Jacksonville. The Jaguars chose Chad Henne over Gabbert, though Gabbert is healthy again. Gabbert is 5-22 in his career, with 22 touchdowns, 24 interceptions and a 66.4 passer rating. The Jaguars are expected to draft a quarterback in the first or second round next year, likely prompting the release of Gabbert, who has a year left on his contract.

4 The Carolina Panthers are over .500 for the first time since 2008, with a real shot at the playoffs because of their defense. They have allowed a total of 60 points the past five games and have given up more than 15 points in a game only twice this season.

5 With Ryan Tannehill on pace to be sacked more than any quarterback in history, the desperate Miami Dolphins traded for Bryant McKinnie. When McKinnie is ready to play — likely at left tackle with Jonathan Martin moving back to right tackle — Miami will bench veteran right tackle Tyson Clabo. Clabo, who signed a one-year, $3.5 million deal, has allowed eight sacks in six games.

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