Ravens Camp Backup Battles: Tyrod Taylor vs. Keith Wenning

Mitch Stringer-USA TODAY Sports

Quarterback Joe Flacco hasn't missed a start in six years. That's ridiculous.

Joe Flacco trails behind Eli Manning and Phillip Rivers with 96 consecutive regular season starts. No wonder the Ravens haven't gone with three quarterbacks on their roster since 2009, when Troy Smith and John Beck twiddled their thumbs on the sidelines. The team finds themselves in a similar situation, this time with 2014 sixth-rounder Keith Wenning and Tyrod Taylor fighting to see who gets to hold the clipboard.

Firing someone is never fun -- well, what I'm trying to say is -- Wenning could make Taylor useless.

With reports coming out of training camp by ESPN's Jamison Hensley:

Instead of throwing the ball away while running toward the sideline, Tyrod Taylor tossed the ball back over the middle of the field.

Wenning, though, has a good touch on the intermediate throws. He also seemed comfortable when rolling out, which is a staple of the Kubiak offense.

It is clear that the Ravens have plenty to be frustrated with in Taylor, a player with enough experience to know better while Wenning seems to be fitting into the offense and the team perfectly.

In contrast to Taylor, QB coach Rick Dennison will be able to have his handle on the rookie backup and start anew. Taylor, who's had multiple QB coaches over his three year career, could sign with another team next year after the Ravens win another Super Bowl or if the Ravens decide to stick with Wenning and a two quarterback system this year. Taylor's mobility could service an offense that likes to deploy dual-threats under center in their game plan or he could be a backup to a more mobile quarterback like Colin Kaepernick.

The Super Bowl champion (gasp) is entering the final year of his contract. A solid preseason performance from him might linger in the minds of his suitors for next year or might even give the Ravens some room to trade Taylor for a late round pick before the season starts.

The Ravens clearly feel that they spearheaded a need in the 2014 NFL Draft by taking Wenning, who is already taking a step into the right direction getting mentored by the legendary Drew Brees and Carson Palmer.

P.S. And Taylor prefers training with Colin Kaepernick.

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