Ravens sign tight end Alex Silvestro to practice squad, cut Dennis Dixon

The Ravens have signed former New England Patriots tight end Alex Silvestro to the practice squad and cut quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Silvestro visited the Ravens this week, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation.


Silvestro can also play defensive end, but indicated he will play tight end for Baltimore.

Silvestro is a 6-foot-3, 267-pounder who was with the Patriots last season after going undrafted out of Rutgers.

"I'm just trying to see what I can do to help the team out and do whatever I can do," Silvestro said. "I'm trying to learn as much as I can as fast as I can."

Silvestro was promoted from the practice squad to the active roster to replace wide receiver Tiquan Underwood one day prior to the Patriots' Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants last season.

"That was a good experience," Silvestro said. "That was something you don't forget."

He went to high school with Pittsburgh Steelers running back Isaac Redman in Paulsboro, N.J.

Silvestro has registered no NFL statistics in one career game.

Dixon is a former Pittsburgh Steelers backup who was signed earlier this season.


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