When the Ravens cut rookie quarterback Keith Wenning on Saturday, it was a difficult blow for him to absorb.
One day later, though, the sixth-round draft pick was signed to the Ravens' practice squad.
"Yeah, it's tough," Wenning said. "I'm going to keep working and just be around and I'm grateful for that."
Wenning's salary went down from $420,000 on the active roster to a $107,100 practice squad salary.
His job responsibilities are similar, though, in terms of practice drills and helping the first-team defense get ready each week.
"I'm a rookie," said Wenning, who completed 8 of 13 passes for 117 yards for a 90.9 quarterback rating in the Ravens' preseason finale last week against the New Orleans Saints. "I'm working for the future. I just keep learning and looking to grow."
With backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor in the final year of his contract, Wenning should have an opportunity to back up quarterback Joe Flacco down the road if he continues to make progress.
"That's what I'm hoping for," said Wenning, a two-time team captain at Ball State who set school records with 11,402 yards and 92 touchdown passes. "That's what I'm looking to do. I just want to be around and learn as much as I can."