Expect to see more of Tyrod Taylor at quarterback Saturday night than Keith Wenning. Taylor appears to have locked up the No. 2 quarterback spot behind Joe Flacco. Ravens coach John Harbaugh wants Taylor to see playing time Saturday night against the Cowboys, because the preseason is the only time Taylor can count on game reps.
“Tyrod needs the work,” Harbaugh said following Thursday’s practice. “Not that Keith doesn’t also. Tyrod has had lots of practice time, but he hasn’t had as much game time. Tyrod’s a really good quarterback. A chance to play that out in games is really what makes the difference. Keith will get whatever work is available.”
Flacco has never missed a start in six seasons, but if he were to go down, Taylor would immediately step into the spotlight. Taylor has done well adapting to Gary Kubiak’s system in practice, and his throwing accuracy from the pocket has improved. Taylor’s mobility has always been a plus, and in his fourth season, he has far more experience than Wenning.
The question is whether Wenning will convince the Ravens to keep three quarterbacks. According to Kubiak, Wenning has gotten himself in better shape since being drafted and has been making strides.
“He can make every throw,” Kubiak said of Wenning. “He has a really good arm. Keith has lost about 10 pounds and that was important. He needed to slim down a little bit, he’s answered the call on that. Huddle-wise, the verbiage in the huddle was very difficult for Keith coming from where he came from (Ball St.). He’s catching up on that part. Hopefully we can get him some more time here this week and throughout the course of the preseason.”