Report: Ravens to work out Kyle Boller

April, 18, 2012
4/18/12
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This will probably cause Ravens fans to erupt, but former first-round pick Kyle Boller is working out for Baltimore on Thursday.

That's according to the NFL Network's Jason LaConfora, who is also reporting that Steelers free-agent quarterback Dennis Dixon is meeting with the Ravens as well.

And this will probably cause Ravens fans to erupt more -- I like the idea of bringing back Boller as a backup.

There's no question that Boller was a bust as a starter. The Ravens reached for him in the first round of the 2003 draft, and Boller was overmatched in the No. 1 role. He was 20-22 as a starter during his five seasons in Baltimore (2003 to 2007).

What many forget is how effective Boller was as a backup in 2006 behind Steve McNair. When McNair went down a couple of times that season, Boller played well and actually clinched the division that season with a win over Cleveland. He finished with a 104.0 quarterback rating, which was among the best for backups that season.

Of course, if the Ravens are looking for a backup with a higher upside, they should try to sign Dixon. But Boller wouldn't be a terrible signing.

Based on these workouts, the Ravens are clearly looking to provide more experience behind Joe Flacco. Last year, Baltimore went with Tyrod Taylor, a 2011 sixth-round pick.

UPDATE: NFL Network's Albert Breer is reporting that Colts free-agent quarterback Curtis Painter is also working out for the Ravens.

Jamison Hensley

ESPN Ravens reporter

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