Chip Kelly to make Dennis Dixon a Philadelphia Eagle?


Baltimore Ravens practice-squad quarterback Dennis Dixon has spent the past week and a half impersonating Colin Kaepernick to give defenders a taste of the San Francisco 49ers' read-option attack. It likely will be Dixon's final contribution to the team.

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According to Comcast SportsNet Philly, there are "strong indications" that Dixon could be reunited with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly as soon as next week. Dixon's practice-squad contract expires after Super Bowl XLVII, allowing him to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles shortly thereafter if he'd like.

Regarded as a Heisman Trophy candidate and potential first-round draft pick before tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during his senior season with the Ducks in 2007, Dixon already has a firm grasp of Kelly's spread offense.

Although the Pittsburgh Steelers did Dixon no favors with ultra-conservative game plans in a handful of starts, there's no escaping his struggles as an NFL passer due to an awkward delivery, spotty footwork and a tendency to guide the ball. Even with his dynamic athleticism and mastery of Kelly's offense, Dixon likely will max out as a backup in Philadelphia.

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