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Ravens: Ravens trying out QBs Boller, Dixon and Painter

OWINGS MILLS -- The Baltimore Ravens brought in a familiar quarterback for a tryout Wednesday: former starter Kyle Boller.

They're also auditioning former Pittsburgh Steelers backup Dennis Dixon and former Indianapolis Colts backup Curtis Painter.

Boller had a disappointing stint with the Ravens after being selected in the first round in 2003, never fulfilling the potential that former Baltimore coach Brian Billick and offensive coordinator Matt Cavanaugh saw in him at Cal-Berkeley

Boller was a polarizing figure in Baltimore, one of the most criticized players in franchise history. His lack of consistency, accuracy and frenetic style eventually cost him his starting job.

Strong-armed and athletic, Boller has been a journeyman since leaving the Ravens.

He has played for the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders.

Boller, 30, passed for zero touchdowns, three interceptions and 161 yards last season as he started once for the Raiders.

Boller was replaced by the late Steve McNair in Baltimore in 2006, but he did start eight games for the Ravens in 2007 due to McNair being hurt.

Boller passed for 1,743 yards, nine touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2007

One year later, the Ravens drafted starter Joe Flacco in the first round.

For his career, Boller has passed for 8,931 yards, 48 touchdowns and 54 interceptions for a 69.1 quarterback rating.

His best season statistically with the Ravens was his second season in 2004 when he started every game and passed for 2,559 yards, 13 touchdowns and 11 interceptions.

Painter, 26, started eight games last season and passed for 1,541 yards, six touchdowns and nine interceptions.

In four NFL seasons with the Steelers, Dixon has passed for 402 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.

The Ravens have said they're pleased with current backup quarterback Tyrod Taylor, a sixth-round draft pick last year who played sparingly as a rookie.

The Ravens would ideally like to have three quarterbacks on the roster by training camp.

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