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New Ravens tight end Ryan Taylor trying to get up to speed on playbook

For new Ravens tight end Ryan Taylor, it's a time of adjustment, beyond leaving the "frozen tundra" after being cut by the Green Bay Packers.

Taylor has new teammates to get to know and a different playbook to absorb,

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"Obviously, it's always tough to switch teams in the middle of the year," Taylor said Wednesday. "It's wild to think that last week I was playing for Green Bay. It's going to be a quick transition.

"It's a lot to learn with the playbook. Luckily, I'm somewhat familiar with the concepts. The verbiage is different, but the concepts are similar."

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Cut Monday by the Packers after playing in five games with no statistics, Taylor was awarded to the Ravens off waivers Tuesday. The 6-foot-3, 254-pounder was drafted by the Packers in the seventh round in 2011. He's played in 50 games for Green Bay, catching eight career passes for 45 yards and a touchdown.

He's primarily regarded as a blocking tight end who also plays special teams.

"Special teams is something I've always done," Taylor said. "I think my strong suit is just being reliable. Obviously, there's going to be a bit of learning curve coming in. I know what's expected of me. I'm excited about the opportunity."

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