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Ravens hire former players Jarret Johnson, Duane Starks as training camp scouting interns

Ravens linebacker Jarrett Johnson (95) is shown during the Baltimore Ravens' win over the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium.
Ravens linebacker Jarrett Johnson (95) is shown during the Baltimore Ravens' win over the Indianapolis Colts at M&T Bank Stadium. (Christopher T. Assaf / Baltimore Sun)

The Ravens' scouting department will be joined during training camp by a trio of former players.

The Ravens have hired retired linebacker Jarret Johnson and retired cornerback Duane Starks, a starter on their Super Bowl XXXV championship team who scored a touchdown against the New York Giants in that win, as scouting interns for camp, according to the team.

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Johnson officially retired with the Ravens in May after ending his playing career with the San Diego Chargers. Known for his gritty style and leadership, Johnson was drafted in the first round by the Ravens in 2003 from Alabama and recorded 506 career tackles and 25 1/2 sacks in 12 NFL seasons. He played nine seasons for the Ravens.

Starks last played for the Ravens in 2001. A 1998 first-round draft pick of the Ravens, Starks did an NFL minority coaching internship last year with the Cincinnati Bengals and last played in the NFL in 2007 with the Oakland Raiders. Starks intercepted 25 career passes in a decade in the NFL.

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The Ravens also hired former Ravens wide receiver Patrick Williams, a former practice squad member in 2011 who's a graduate assistant coach at Colorado where he played college football.

They are working under the Nunn-Wooten Scouting Fellowship. That was launched by the NFL in January for former players pursuing a career in scouting.

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