Former Steelers QB Dixon added to Ravens practice squad

September 02, 2012 | Luke Jones

A day after officially adding five players to their eight-member practice squad, the Ravens added former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Dennis Dixon to the group Sunday.

The news was reported by CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora.

Dixon worked out for the Ravens in the offseason before they elected to sign former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter to be part of their preseason roster. The organization elected to go with two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster Friday and waived Painter.

A fifth-round pick out of Oregon in the 2008 draft, Dixon spent four years in Pittsburgh while playing in four games and making three starts. His first start came in a Sunday night game played in Baltimore in 2009 in which the 6-foot-3 Dixon completed 12 of 26 passes for 145 yards and a touchdown. However, his interception in overtime led to the game-winning field goal by Billy Cundiff.

Displaying good mobility, Dixon is an insurance policy on the practice squad should anything happen to starter Joe Flacco or backup Tyrod Taylor. The Ravens remain high on Taylor’s ability, but the second-year quarterback had an up-and-down preseason that led some to believe he was being pushed by Painter for the backup job. That assessment was never accurate as Painter didn’t cut into Taylor’s reps with the second offense during training camp, but Dixon provides a more seasoned option on the practice squad than you’d typically expect.

In four career games over four seasons with Pittsburgh, Dixon has thrown for 402 yards with one touchdown and and two interceptions.

Dixon joins safety Omar Brown, running back Anthony Allen, offensive linemen Antoine McClain and Jack Cornell, and linebacker Josh Bynes on the practice squad. Safety Anthony Levine and linebacker Adrian Hamilton are also expected to be signed to the eight-man squad, according to a report from The Sun.

 

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  1. unitastoberry Says:

    Dixon is better than Tyrod but thats like saying the bullet only hit me in the leg. I guess they figure if anything happends to Joe we will just roll out every play.

    (L.J. – I’m not going to begin to say I know that Taylor is better than Dixon, but what has Dixon done in his career to come to that conclusion?)

  2. matt Says:

    why on earth isnt he on the 53 man roster and tyrod on the practice squad?

    (L.J. – What on earth has Dennis Dixon done in his NFL career that makes you suggest he belongs on the 53-man roster over Taylor?)

  3. matt Says:

    damn near beat the ravens at home. and thats way more than taylors ever done. and his college career was far better than taylors (not that that matters youd say but his skills translate to the NFL better). taylors just another running VT qb. dixon can throw

    (L.J. – Dixon was decent but nothing extraordinary in that one game. Plenty of mediocre-to-bad quarterbacks have had a decent performance here or there. Taylor has never even had a chance to really play a game in the league yet. If Dixon is such a better option, why wasn’t he even in a training camp with anyone this summer and why is he on a practice squad in his fifth NFL season? The Ravens clearly like what they see in Taylor, even if he doesn’t translate to being a starting-caliber quarterback.)

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