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Visanthe Shiancoe adjusting to learning curve with Ravens

The Baltimore Sun

For veteran tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, it's a time of adjustment.

Since joining the Ravens, Shiancoe has a new playbook and terminology to absorb.

The former Morgan State standout is getting accustomed to his new surroundings and working to build timing with quarterback Joe Flacco.

Shiancoe was signed last week to a one-year contract for the veteran minimum of $940,000 with a salary-cap figure of $555,000 under the minimum salary benefit to back up starter Ed Dickson after Dennis Pitta's season-ending hip injury.

Even though Shiancoe, 33, definitely doesn't lack experience with 243 receptions for 2,677 yards and 27 touchdowns during a decade in the NFL, it's still a process for him to become familiar with a new football team.

So far, the Ravens are encouraged by his progress and have been increasing his workload in practice. 

"I’d say he’s done a really good job, but there is a learning curve," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. "He physically looks like he is in good shape. He is running routes well. He catches the ball well, and he’s learning the offense. That’s not easy. He’s not up to full speed because he’s not there mentally yet. But, we sure have a lot of talent and ability. He’s doing a good job.”

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