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Painter's ceiling could be third spot on depth chart

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By Mike Wilkening

The Ravens added to their QB depth before the draft, signing ex-Colt Curtis Painter, who started eight games a season ago for Indianapolis. Painter will work again with Jim Caldwell, now the Ravens’ QB coach after three seasons as Indianapolis’ head coach. The Ravens carried only starter Joe Flacco and reserve Tyrod Taylor at quarterback during the 2011 regular season. Whether Painter, who now gives Baltimore three quarterbacks on the roster, can mount a serious challenge for Taylor’s job remains to be seen. The feeling is Taylor remains a clear favorite to keep the No. 2 QB role, the way we hear it.

A pair of NFL personnel sources, each of whom saw Painter last season, and each of whom spoke to PFW on condition of anonymity, said that Painter's game experience was an asset. “To me, he can get you through a game,” said one scout, calling him a “good three,” meaning a No. 3 quarterback. Another evaluator, when asked if he believed Painter could beat out Taylor, said, “No, I don’t see that,” and noted his concerns about Painter’s accuracy. Painter completed just 54.3 percent of his passes a season ago.

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