Dennis Dixon, one of the first athletic superstar quarterbacks to pilot the Oregon Ducks' brutally-efficient offense in this era, has not had the professional career some might have expected, but another team is willing to give the quarterback a chance. The Baltimore Ravens have signed the five-year backup to their practice squad.
CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora first reported Dixon's signing.
Dixon has served as a backup most of his career, mostly spending his time holding a clipboard as a member of the Pittsburgh Steelers, appearing in four games, three of which he started after injuries to the quarterbacks ahead of him.
In his four appearances, Dixon has passed for a combined 402 yards and one touchdown against two interceptions while being sacked five times. He has also gained 76 yards on the ground, utilizing the speed that made him such a recognizable figure at Oregon.
His career with the Ducks spanned four years, during which time he racked up 5,129 career passing yards to go with 38 touchdown passes. He also gained more than 1,200 yards on the ground, rushing for 12 career scores.
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