One of the questions all preseason was whether Keith Wenning could snag a 53-man roster spot.
He certainly helped his case in his first extended playing time. Sure, it's the preseason's fourth game, the most meaningless of them all. But sometimes you can just tell a player has talent, regardless of who they're going against. Wenning proved he deserves a legitimate shot to take one of those active roster spots.
The Ravens won 22-13 in a game that doesn't mean much in the grand scheme of things. In fact, the Ravens have most of their 53-man roster filled out. There may be a couple of spots left that were decided Thursday night. In the Ravens' case, Wenning was one of them, though perhaps further down the list than at other positions.
Wenning did his part though. He finished 8-of-13 for 117 yards. He almost had a tight touchdown throw on a broken play to Kamar Aiken, who had his foot barely touch the out-of-bounds line in the end zone.
Wenning seemed like he had a decent grasp on the Gary Kubiak offense. No, his throws weren't lasers like some of the NFL's top starters. You could liken him to a poor man's Matt Schaub circa 2009. Or maybe just a poor man's Schaub circa 2013. Point is, you don't want him as your starting quarterback this year. But he showed glimpses of being able to understand the concepts Kubiak wants his quarterbacks to execute on the field.
Before Wenning got in the game in the second half, Tyrod Taylor had a solid outing in a starting role. Taylor finished 10-of-17 passing for 117 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His interception was a poorly thrown deep ball to Aiken, though that was the lone major mistake he made during the night. But he had a nice throw to an open Deonte Thompson in the end zone for a touchdown.
More than likely, Taylor's spot is secure and the Ravens will have to decide whether they want to keep three quarterbacks or not. Though most of the decisions have likely been made, coach John Harbaugh and his staff will have something to think about over the next day.
The Ravens finish the preseason 4-0. Next up will be the Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 7 at M&T Bank Stadium.