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Ravens working out Kyle Boller, Dennis Dixon and Curtis Painter

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The Ravens are kicking the tires on some familiar names as they look for some backup quarterback competition for Tyrod Taylor this summer.

The most intriguing name on the list is Kyle Boller, who was, of course, formerly the starting quarterback in Baltimore. Jason La Canfora of report that Boller and Dennis Dixon will work out for the team on Thursday. His colleague Albert Breer adds Curtis Painter to the list of those vying for a chance in Charm City.

Boller was the 19th overall pick of the 2003 Draft, but never developed into the quarterback the Ravens were hoping he’d become. He started 34 times in his first three years with the club, but a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness led the team to acquire Steve McNair before the 2006 season. Boller stuck around for two years as a backup and wound up back in the starting job for the 2008 season before a preseason injury led him to the injured reserve and a ticket out of town. He’s backed up in St. Louis and Oakland since then, starting on occasion and doing little to burnish his reputation.

Dixon started three games in his four years with the Steelers, including the first two games of the 2010 season before a torn meniscus landed him on injured reserve. He’s flashed some potential as a dual-threat quarterback, but the Steelers have shown no interest in bringing him back for another year. Painter started eight times for the Colts last season, throwing nine interceptions and six touchdowns before losing the job to Dan Orlovsky. The Colts waived him in March.

The team is thought to be high on Taylor, but they’re clearly looking to bring in some competition to make sure he earns the backup spot this summer.

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36 Responses to “Ravens working out Kyle Boller, Dennis Dixon and Curtis Painter”
  1. pitchblack816 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:21 PM

    Oh dear God! Please not Kyle “I trip over my own feet” Boller!

  2. pitchblack816 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:25 PM

    Oh dear God! Please not Kyle “I trip over my own feet” Boller!

  3. hanspard says: Apr 18, 2012 3:26 PM

    I am in complete awe that anyone would invite Boller to come in. AMAZED. When you get pulled from a game in favor of a guy who showed up on the team less than a week ago….you are truly awful. I never cuold understand how Boller even MADE the Raiders. He couldn’t move the offense in the pre-season, either. Wow.

  4. fins4life says: Apr 18, 2012 3:29 PM

    Would be so funny if Painter beats out Boller and Dixon.

  5. benacci says: Apr 18, 2012 3:30 PM

    Hey Baltimore good luck with “The Painter”….

  6. 49erstim says: Apr 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    Why can’t Dixon get any love? The kid has skills. I hope Boller lands somewhere. The only answer he is though is to this question… “hey, who is so and so’s third string QB?” 🙂

  7. elmaxoh says: Apr 18, 2012 3:31 PM

    I can’t wait to see Taylor plays as a starter in the NFL.

  8. blacknole08 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:35 PM

    I bet Flacco is astounded that he will now get some competition in camp.

  9. cheers4ablumpkin says: Apr 18, 2012 3:43 PM

    Dixon pick Dixon

  10. mathomp3 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:48 PM

    Joe Flacco doesnt think he needs a backup.

  11. dv5454 says: Apr 18, 2012 3:50 PM

    Koy Detmer wants a workout too.

  12. billinva says: Apr 18, 2012 3:57 PM

    Go Tyrod!

  13. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 18, 2012 4:04 PM

    Boller I can get he actually has a lot of experience under his belt in games (a few good, mostly bad) but Dixon and Painter I don’t understand. All Ravens fans heard last year, multiple times throughout the season, was that the staff was totally confident in Tyrod as their backup. Tyrod is already better than Painter and Dixon anyway and the only thing Boller has on him is the aforementioned game experience.

  14. rexismybff says: Apr 18, 2012 4:12 PM

    The Ratbirds should grab them all — they would have a 3-headed quarterback monster.

    Or something like that

  15. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 18, 2012 4:14 PM

    No need to worry Flacco, this list doesn’t have any Hall Of Famers like you on it.

  16. rajbais says: Apr 18, 2012 4:21 PM

    Dixon got ignored for some reason!!!

    He doesn’t suck that much, but he deserves a fairer chance to be higher on a QB depth chart!!!

  17. gmen1987 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:32 PM

    Amazing Dennis Dixon still has plenty of fangirls.

  18. nflofficeadmin says: Apr 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    Ask yourself this question, when I say the name Kyle Boller do your testicles a) enlarge b) stay the same c) shrink.

    If you said, C – you are correct.

  19. KIR says: Apr 18, 2012 4:44 PM

    I’m sorry but how many chances does Kyle Boller get to lose games?

  20. dowhatifeellike says: Apr 18, 2012 4:54 PM

    I don’t care if it’s for the 3rd QB spot, people will be leaping off of the bay bridge if Boller is signed. He’s the poster boy for everything that was wrong with this franchise. Things got better as soon as he left.

  21. mikelitoris1 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    Ask yourself this question, when I say the name Kyle Boller do your testicles a) enlarge b) stay the same c) shrink.

    If you said, C – you are correct.


    Jenniferxxx’s testicles enlarge every time she responds to an article about the Eagles.

  22. jimiinpa says: Apr 18, 2012 4:56 PM

    dixon got cut because he didn’t r a p e anyone

  23. goods65 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    if flacco thinks he is the “greatest QB in the NFL” why does he need a back up? and also, boller,dixon and painter?,really?….good luck with those 3 loosers!!

  24. stonecld33 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:59 PM

    Now if the dolphins had done this I’m sure the article would be much more exciting.

  25. trojanwarrior007 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:13 PM

    pretty amazing that the Ravens only had an unproven rookie as the backup.

  26. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Apr 18, 2012 5:28 PM

    Boller? He’s still playing?

  27. rayguyreturns says: Apr 18, 2012 5:47 PM

    Boller? BOLLER?!!!

    Gee whiz, I hear Cryin’ Ryan Leaf will be available in about 52 years. Maybe you should wait for him.

  28. mistersmith22 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:59 PM

    trojanwarrior007 says:
    Apr 18, 2012 5:13 PM
    pretty amazing that the Ravens only had an unproven rookie as the backup.


    They had Marc Bulger as the backup all last year. Not exactly unproven!

    And these three guys aren’t burning down the house, but they’re trying out for the #3 QB role. And to have their pick of three guys with starting experience for that slot means they’re in a pretty enviable position.

  29. vincentbojackson says: Apr 18, 2012 6:37 PM

    If signed, maybe Dixon will let Flacco wear one of his Superbowl rings.

  30. souldogdave says: Apr 18, 2012 7:28 PM

    He sucked as a Raider.

  31. moagecu says: Apr 18, 2012 8:12 PM

    @mistersmith ummm, NO Marc Bulger retired and was not on the Ravens for any of last season.

  32. moagecu says: Apr 18, 2012 8:14 PM

    @vincentbojackson didn’t know Dixon had more than one super bowl.

  33. stairwayto7 says: Apr 18, 2012 10:43 PM

    We know the ONLY REASON Dixon is at Baltimore so the Ravens can pick his mind about the Steelers.. They won’t even consider signing him.

  34. peytonsneck18 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:23 AM

    painter should sign with the ufl, he blows!!!

  35. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:27 PM

    please, please, please bring back Boller and team him with Tyrod the Terrible. That would be extremely entertaining with the self-proclaimed “best QB in the NFL”.

  36. flybirdhaters27 says: Apr 19, 2012 2:28 PM

    i wish i could throw the football 50 yards in the air through the uprights while on my knees and get a guaranteed contract as one of the worst starting qb’s in the history of the league.

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