Thursday, February 14, 2013

Eagles sign QB Dixon, reunites with Kelly

New Eagles QB Dennis Dixon
PHILADELPHIA - The Eagles have agreed to terms with quarterback Dennis Dixon.

Dixon, of course, played for new Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly at Oregon and is well-versed in Kelly's up-tempo, read-option attack. Dixon led the Ducks to a No. 2 national ranking as a senior, completing 67.7 percent of his passes for 2136 yards with 20 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He also added 583 rushing yards and was a significant dual-threat.

In the pros Dixon hasn't played much but he has collected two Super Bowl rings in his five-year career with Pittsburgh (2008) and Baltimore (2012).

“We are excited to bring in Dennis Dixon to compete at the quarterback position,” said Eagles general manager Howie Roseman. “Dennis is a veteran in this league that has been a part of two Super Bowl-winning teams in his career. He’s also very familiar with Chip Kelly and how he operates.”

Dixon (6-foot-3, 209) spent the 2012 season as a member of the Ravens practice squad. He was originally a fifth-round draft choice of the Steelers in 2008.

Overall  Dixon has played in four NFL games (three starts), throwing for 402 yards and one touchdown on 35-of-49 passing, while rushing 10 times for 56 yards and a score.

On the college level Dixon accumulated 6,337 total yards and 38 passing touchdowns in his career at Oregon. During his senior season in 2007, with Kelly as his offensive coordinator, he earned honorable mention All-America honors.

Dixon is a native of San Leandro, CA and was also an accomplished baseball player, appearing in 28 games in the Braves’ minor league system as an outfielder in 2007. 

Dixon figures to backup Michael Vick next season with Nick Foles being the odd man out.

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