OWINGS MILLS - Veteran tight end Dallas Clark officially signed with the Ravens Tuesday and took part in Tuesday's practice.
Clark agreed to terms with Baltimore Sunday.
He provides added insurance should injured starter Ed Dickson not be healthy by the start of the regular season. Even if Dickson's back, Clark, one of the best pass-catching tight ends in the NFL several years, could still have a role in the Ravens' offense.
He'll compete for playing time with fellow recent free-agent addition Visanthe Shiancoe, who Baltimore signed in late July after top tight end Dennis Pitta suffered a potentially season-ending hip injury.
But as far as his first day with the Ravens Tuesday, Clark joked: "I didn't even know what I was doing out in practice today."
"It's one of those [things], they just threw me in and [said], 'Do this play.' I'm like, 'All right.' So we're still at that phase," Clark said with a smile.
But his familiarity with Baltimore offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell should help Clark as he acclimates himself to the Ravens' offense.
Clark spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Indianapolis Colts. Caldwell was on the Colts' staff each of those nine seasons.
"Unfortunately, it's not completely [Indianapolis'] offense where I can just go, 'Oh, this is...," Clark said. "There's a little carryover with concepts and whatnot, but really, it's a new offense ... and I've got to put on my thinking cap."
Clark is 34 now - and he's years removed from being considered one of the best in the league at his position - but he still appears to be a player capable of contributing, especially in the passing game.
He started seven games for the Buccaneers last year, and he finished the season with 47 catches for 435 yards and four touchdowns.
He said he had offers from other teams during the last several months but that he was waiting for the right type of situation.
He said Baltimore is the right type of situation for him.
"I wanted to be in the right situation where I feel with my skill set that I can help," Clark said. "I think this is a place that obviously wants to win, has proven they can win, and I just to be a small piece of helping them do that."

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