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.
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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