Will Wenning be Winning a Job This Summer?

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Keith Wenning during Ravens rookie camp (Photo Credit: Shawn Hubbard/Baltimore Ravens)

OWINGS MILLS — New Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak played quarterback in the NFL for nearly a decade and has since coached quarterbacks like John Elway, Brian Griese, Jake Plummer and Matt Schaub, all of whom made the Pro Bowl while playing under Kubiak.

Simply put, Kubiak is a respected quarterback teacher and evaluator. And to Kubiak, Ravens rookie quarterback Keith Wenning has some intriguing characteristics.

“Gary has a lot of hope with Keith,” Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome said.

The Ravens selected Wenning in the sixth round of the NFL draft earlier this month.

Wenning is not going to be pushing Joe Flacco for Baltimore’s starting quarterback job by any means, but he adds competition for Tyrod Taylor for the backup job behind Flacco.

He also gives the Ravens a potential backup quarterback for the future. Even if he does not win the backup job this year, Taylor is set to be a free agent after this season and is not expected to be retained.

“To already have someone here to start to develop, to work with Joe, I think is a very positive thing,” Newsome said.

Wenning was a four-year starter at Ball State and threw for 4,148 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions last season while leading the Cardinals to a 10-3 record.

Also of note, he led 10 fourth quarter comebacks during his college career.

All that said, Wenning is not a lock to be winning a job…

3 Raves on “Will Wenning be Winning a Job This Summer?

    • FL Raven on said:

      Foolish comment. We have been spoiled and lucky by Joe’s health but everyone knows your starting QB can be lost for the season on any one play. It happens to several teams every year. Taylor just can’t pass, period. He has made virtually no progress since he was selected. He doesn’t even look good in preseason when everyone with the slightest talent shines. He can scramble and is a nice change of pace once in a while for a few plays but heaven forbid he had to replace Joe long term, our season would be over and as Matt pointed out, his contract is up after this year. We have to have a backup that can give us a chance if needed and part of that is knowing the system and the plays. This was a good pick with very little downside (only a sixth round pick) and very much needed and as any one that knows this game knows, you draft for the future, not for today. The Ravens need to have a suitable backup QB next year and the only way to accomplish that is to get someone into the system this year and if Kubiak is high on him, that’s good enough for me.

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