Ravens working out former starting quarterback Kyle Boller on Thursday

April 18, 2012 | Luke Jones

Ravens working out former starting quarterback Kyle Boller on Thursday

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

Former starting quarterback and 2003 first-round pick Kyle Boller will be back in town and working out for the Ravens on Thursday, according to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, who said former Steelers backup Dennis Dixon will also be working out for Baltimore. Former Indianapolis quarterback Curtis Painter will join them, per Albert Breer.

Dixon had been linked to the Ravens as a potential target last weekend by a report from St. Louis.

Boller was the starting quarterback in Baltimore from 2003 to 2005 and was most recently the backup quarterback of the Oakland Raiders the last two seasons. Replacing the injured Jason Campbell last year, Boller started in Week 7 but threw three interceptions in the first half before being benched in favor of Carson Palmer, who had only been acquired earlier in the week leading up to the game.

Entering his ninth year, Boller suffered a shoulder injury and missed the entire 2008 season, his last year with the Ravens.

The Ravens’ brass recently expressed their confidence in second-year backup Tyrod Taylor, so it is surprising for the team to have such interest in veteran options after carrying only two quarterbacks on the 53-man roster during the 2011 season. However, Taylor’s athleticism could lead to offensive coordinator Cam Cameron wanting to use him in more gimmick plays as he did with former backup Troy Smith a few years ago — a luxury you don’t really have with only one reserve quarterback available.

A potential return by Boller would undoubtedly spark controversy and discussion from a significant portion of the fan base that made no secret of its disdain for him, with some at M&T Bank Stadium even cheering when Boller was injured in the 2005 season opener against the Indianapolis Colts.

Boller has thrown for 8,931 yards in his career with 48 touchdowns and 54 interceptions.

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  1. barnyard Says:

    You have to be sh*tting me? Close a game? Thos wanker couldn’t close a car door.

  2. BizarroGlenn Says:

    Finally Kyle will have a chance to vindicate himself in baltimore. Flacco has been a disappointment and he has a decent
    O line and quality wide receivers. Boller will be able to shine with that bunch! Welcome home son. You and Tyrod will make a good pair!!

  3. Boller2boldin Says:

    I know kyle would have completed that pass to lee evans. The redemeption of our 2003 draft is at hand!

  4. Cliff Says:

    Boller! Wow! Does that name ever bring back memories ….

    Back in 2006 I was only fortunate enough to attend 1 game at the stadium. It was the game against Cleveland, and I was hoping to see Steve McNair have a good game. Well, after a few downs, McNair came out of the game with a cut finger. And … in comes …. Kyle Boller … in the only game I saw in person.

    Actually though, Boller had a pretty good day, completing a few nice long passes. And Jamal Lewis had his last good run (over 50 yds I think), but he got caught from behind … I was thinking that would never have happened in the old days.

    But – the most memorable play to me …. while sitting behind the Raven’s bench around the 30 yard line was,
    Boller taking the ball from the center, dropping back ….. and falling on his back — PLOP! And … that seemed to be Boller’s trademark all the time he had with the Ravens. He could be either real good … or real bad – not much, in between.

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