Keith Wenning knows what the Buffalo Bills want from him.
Do plenty of cramming in order to be ready to play quarterback in Thursday night's preseason-finale against the Detroit Lions at New Era Field.
In all likelihood, that will be the one and only time Wenning gets to wear a Bills uniform in a game. The Bills only signed him Monday, because they are in the midst of a crisis at their most important position with starter Tyrod Taylor and third-stringer T.J. Yates in concussion protocol.
They would prefer that rookie Nathan Peterman see little, if any, playing time Thursday night.
But asking Wenning to do so on such short notice is asking a lot, even if he does have a basic understanding of the scheme of offensive coordinator Rick Dennison from the one year (2014) they spent together in Baltimore when Dennison was the Ravens' quarterbacks coach.
"It’s tough," Wenning told reporters Tuesday, after his first practice with his new team. "I know a couple people here, that’s about it, some guys I’ve been on other teams with. Coach Dennison, his offense, I’m pretty familiar with.
"That’s been the biggest thing, as long as I know the plays, I know how to run the offense, I’m comfortable. But as far as knowing the tendencies of the receivers and linemen, and the linemen hearing my cadence and stuff like that, that’s the tough part. (Tuesday) was a big step in practice. I felt like I had a good practice, was able to throw it around a little bit and get a feel for some of the receivers and the running backs."
Still, even though it is only an exhibition game, Wenning understands there's still more he must do and time is hardly on his side.
"I know (Wednesday) will be another day. Thursday I’ll have to do my best. ... I’m just going to take it one play at a time, one series at a time, trust the guys around me, know that they’ll do their job, and try to do my best."