Baltimore Ravens: Team Signs Dennis Dixon to Complete Practice Squad

Kyle Casey@@kylecasey094Correspondent IIISeptember 2, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 01:  Dennis Dixon #10 of the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Carolina Panthers during their preseason game at Bank of America Stadium on September 1, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Several months ago, the Baltimore Ravens hosted a few veteran quarterbacks who were competing for a contract to enter training camp as the team's third quarterback.

After that tryout, the team decided to sign former Indianapolis Colts quarterback Curtis Painter. But another participant in that tryout was Dennis Dixon, who spent the first four years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

On Sunday, it appears the Ravens may have admitted that they made the wrong choice in signing Painter, as the team reportedly signed Dixon to the practice squad, replacing Painter who was released on Friday.

The decision to sign Dixon, a true dual-threat quarterback, shows that the team favors a dynamic player to backup starter Joe Flacco. 

Flacco, who is a stereotypical pocket passer, is now backed up by Dixon and second-year quarterback Tyrod Taylor, both players who are a threat to run the ball.

While Dixon didn't play in a single game in 2011, he still provides the veteran leadership that Taylor lacks as the backup quarterback. Taylor will of course enter the season as the No. 2 quarterback on the depth chart, but there's a chance that Dixon could take over that job by season's end.

In four NFL seasons, Dixon has started three games, with his first career start coming against the Ravens in 2009. 

For his career, Dixon has one touchdown pass and two interceptions on 59 pass attempts. He also has 56 rushing yards and one touchdown on 10 attempts.

Signing Dixon isn't anything flashy, but he is an upgrade over Painter. Anytime a team can upgrade over a certain player, it is a positive signing.