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Bernard Scott getting up to speed on the playbook

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Since the Ravens former Cincinnati Bengals running back Bernard Scott to a one-year, $715,000 contract, he's been constantly immersed in the playbook.

It's a lot for Scott to absorb heading into Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns, but he says he's starting get a handle on the offense.

"It's kind of the same, just different terminology," Scott said. "Football is football. The first couple of days have been kind of different. I just need to get back in the playbook and work a little harder."

Scott practiced with the Ravens on Wednesday, trying to develop timing as he took handoffs and caught passes.

"I've always admired the guy," Ravens starting running back Ray Rice said. "He was definitely the scatback in Cincy, quick-hitter, speed. With Bernard Scott, we just added another third dimension to our backfield."

The compact 5-foot-10, 195-pounder has rushed for 1,035 career yards and four touchdowns in four seasons. He's caught 29 passes for 165 yards.

"I feel like I'm good out of the backfield in space," Scott said. "I'm willing to do whatever I need to do to get on the field and help the team.

"I'm very excited. I want to come out here nad make plays when my number is called and help the Ravens get back on a winning track."

Scott worked out for the Ravens two weeks ago. His only other tryout since being cut from the Bengals' reserve-physically unable to perform list was with the Oakland Raiders.

Scott tore his anterior cruciate ligament last season, but emphasized that he's fully healthy now.

"I feel good," he said. "I went through a hard rehab. The leg is stronger than ever. I just look forward to getting back on the field."

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