Dixon goes to Philly

Dixon goes to Philly
February 14, 2013, 4:45 pm

Dennis Dixon is leaving the Ravens and going back to an old college coach.

Dixon has signed a two-year contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. That will let the quarterback play under new coach Chip Kelly, who coached at Oregon while Dixon played his college football there. 

Dixon spent this season with the Ravens as a practice squad player on the Super Bowl championship team. 

The quarterback's played in only four games since entering the league in 2008 after Pittsburgh picked him in the fifth round of that year's draft. All the games he's played in have been with the Steelers. 

He was on the Baltimore practice squad this season, where his speed and quickness helped the Ravens defense get a look at what a quarterback like Colin Kaepernick might do. Dixon's valuable in that role because of his speed and quickness; he can imitate quarterbacks like that very well. 

Dixon and Kelly found success when they were together before at Oregon during the quarterback's college days. That's why the move didn't come as a surprise. 

"It will add competition to our group," Eagles GM Howie Roseman said in a video on the team's web site on Thursday. "A really good athlete...been part of winning teams, won two Super Bowl championships, which is an amazing accomplishment, even for a practice squad guy. He'll come here, compete for a roster spot, and we'll see how it all pans out."