Notebook: Ravens fill out practice squad with some interesting players

OWINGS MILLS - The Baltimore Ravens finalized their practice squad Monday, announcing the signings of quarterback Dennis Dixon, outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton and safety Anthony Levine.

The dual-threat Dixon, a former star at the University of Oregon, was a fifth round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2008 NFL draft.

He saw action in four games, making two starts, during his four years with the Steelers.

His first career start came against the Ravens in 2009. He accounted for two touchdowns in the game - one passing and one rushing - but coughed up a costly interception in overtime that set up a game-winning field goal for Baltimore.

Dixon was considered a leading contender for the Heisman trophy during his senior season at Oregon in 2007, leading the Ducks to wins in eight of their first nine games and a No. 2 ranking in the BCS before tearing his ACL and missing the rest of the season.

Hamilton, an undrafted rookie, is an intriguing developmental pass rusher. A former Texas Tech transfer, he had a SWAC conference record 20.5 sacks as a senior at Prairie View A&M last season.

He had six tackles, a sack and a forced fumble during preseason with the Dallas Cowboys, but reportedly had trouble transitioning from a 4-3 defensive end to a 3-4 outside linebacker and also struggled on special teams.

Levine, who played his college ball at Tennessee State, spent parts of the last two seasons on the Green Bay Packers' practice squad.

He led the Packers in tackles (16) this preseason and also tallied an interception.

Dixon, Hamilton and Levine join running back Anthony Allen, safety Omar Brown, linebacker Josh Bynes and offensive linemen Jack Cornell and Antoine McClain to form the eight-man practice squad.

GORRER WAIVED: Cornerback Danny Gorrer was waived Monday to make room for recently signed safety James Ihedigbo.

Ihedigbo's signing gives the Ravens needed depth at safety and also provides them with another presence on special teams. The five-year veteran has played in 53 career games, making 12 starts, during stints with the New York Jets (2007-10) and New England Patriots (2011).

The 6-foot-1, 214-pound Ihedhigbo has 118 career tackles, including five sacks. He had 69 tackles while making 12 starts with the Patriots last season.

Gorrer saw action in 11 games for Baltimore last year after spending 2010 on the Ravens' practice squad.

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