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Ravens Sign LeVoir and Murphy

Updated 6:20 pm: The Ravens waived Kyle Calloway and Colin Madison, shaking up the O-line.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, August 21st, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Categories: Mike Duffy

The Ravens officially signed offensive tackle Mark LeVoir and center Jason Murphy on Sunday, releasing two other linemen to make room on their roster.

Guards Colin Madison and Kyle Calloway were released.

LeVoir, 29, is a 6-foot-7, 310-pounder who was released by the New England Patriots.  The Notre Dame product had started three games over three seasons for the Pats.

At a right tackle position that currently has rookie Jah Reid starting, the Ravens like LeVoir’s experience.

“[He's] been in the league. He has played obviously in New England and we love their system. [They're] very well coached by [Patriots Offensive Line Coach] Dante Scarnecchia, so that’s a big plus,” said Ravens Head Coach John Harbaugh.  “[He] understands NFL defenses and that’s what we need right now. It was a fortuitous situation for us and we’ll see how he does.”

LeVoir said that while experience is a positive, he still has a lot to learn when it comes to transitioning to Baltimore.

“Experience is one thing, but I’m not experienced here with how they do things,” LeVoir said. “I’m excited to buy into the Ravens’ way of doing things. All I’ve got down right now is even play, go to the right; odd play, go to the left. I just have a lot of work to do as far as getting ready to go.”

Murphy, also 29, has spent time with the Tennessee Titans, Seattle Seahawks and San Diego Chargers, bouncing around their practice squads.

The 6-foot-2, 310-pound Baltimore native and Virginia Tech alumnus was a first-team All-ACC performer in 2005.

The Ravens allowed only two sacks in their second preseason matchup, a 31-13 win over the Kansas City Chiefs on Friday night.  The mark was an improvement over their six sacks allowed in their opener against the Philadelphia Eagles and drew an approving nod from Harbaugh.

“I thought they held up well. I thought they did a good job,” Harbaugh said of his O-linemen.  “They worked well together. The communication was there – probably better than what we have seen in practice and that’s a good thing.”

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