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Aug 22, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Baltimore Ravens quarterback Bryn Renner (2) runs away from Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Diaheem Watkins (45) during the second half at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Ravens, 40-17. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Is Bryn Renner the Ravens’ backup quarterback of the future?

The Ravens cut last year’s sixth round pick, quarterback Keith Wenning, after he failed to show anything in the offseason or in his time on the practice squad last year.  They signed Matt Schaub to be Joe Flacco’s backup in 2015, solidifying the spot for now.

As they always do, the Ravens have a third QB on the offseason roster both to absorb playing time and so they can get a looksee at a guy they might be able to develop into a long term backup.  Unlike Wenning, undrafted rookie Bryn Renner is making a strong case for why the Ravens should keep him around.

In fact, Renner was the only quarterback who looked competent Saturday night against the Eagles, albeit against deep reserves.  He went 15 of 21 for 158 yards (71.4%), 2 touchdowns, 0 interceptions, and a 124.7 QB rating.  He also scored a last second touchdown against New Orleans that sealed a win in week 1 for the Ravens.

Outside of his respectable week 1 performance, Schaub has played poorly and he’s expensive.  It’s fair to wonder why the Ravens are so high on him at the moment, especially when Renner is playing well.  They likely value his experience, but they are doomed if Flacco goes down with an injury either way.

The Ravens have a zero percent chance at cutting Schaub or keeping Renner on the active roster, so the real question is, can they sneak him onto the practice squad if he closes out the preseason strong?  In a quarterback starved league, it’s not a guarantee.

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