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Interested to see how Ravens use Pollard

Bernard Pollard officially signed a two-year contract with the Ravens after passing his physical Thursday.

The hard-hitting safety has been a full-time starter for the past four seasons (two in Kansas City and last two in Houston). He was part of the worst pass defense in the NFL last season, but he also led the Texans in tackles with 112.

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So, was he signed to take over the starting job left by Dawan Landry (who signed with Jacksonville)? Or did the Ravens just add him for veteran depth?

The likely answer is the Ravens brought him to compete with Tom Zbikowski and Haruki Nakamura for a starting spot.

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This move seems like a hint that the Ravens aren't comfortable about handing the job over to Zbikowski or Nakamura. The Ravens, who don't have much salary-cap room, decided to address safety when there are needs at wide receiver, right tackle, backup quarterback and backup running back.

Even if Pollard doesn't start -- which would be the first time since 2006 -- he could be used in certain packages. He's a strong in-the-box safety who plays the run and blitzes like a linebacker.

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