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Ravens Roster Moves

The Baltimore Ravens made the following roster moves Friday, waiving three players and signing five to their 90-man roster:

Waived the following players:

   Player Pos. Ht.    Wt. Exp. College
Boyd, Xavius LB 6-2 239 R Western Kentucky (waived injured – hamstring)
Moody, Dexter S 6-1 213 R Albany State
Patterson, Avery CB 5-8 191 R Oregon

Signed the following players:

   Player Pos. Ht.    Wt. Exp. College
DiMarco, Nicholas OLB 6-2 237 R William Penn
Franks, Dominique CB 6-0 197 5 Oklahoma
Ross, Aaron CB 6-0 190 8 Texas
Spitler, Austin LB 6-2 250 5 Ohio State
Willie, Mike WR 6-2 220 1 Arizona State

Ross, who enters his eighth NFL campaign, has played six seasons with the New York Giants (2007-11, 2013) and one with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2012). Originally selected by New York out of Texas in the first round (20th overall) of the 2007 draft, he's seen action in 83 career games (52 starts). Ross has compiled 286 total tackles (194 solo), 11 interceptions (137 return yards and two touchdowns) and 44 passes defensed during his pro career. In 2013, he played in four games (two starts) – totaling four solo tackles and one interception – before being placed on Injured Reserve (back) for the remainder of the season.

Franks, who enters his fifth year in the NFL, played with the Atlanta Falcons over the past four seasons. A fifth-round draft choice out of Oklahoma in 2010, he has seen action in 48 career games (four starts). Franks has produced 36 total tackles (24 solo), three interceptions and nine passes defensed during his pro career. In 2013, he saw action in all 16 games for Atlanta, posting one pass defensed.

Spitler enters his fifth NFL season after playing each of his first four with the Miami Dolphins. He was drafted out of Ohio State in the seventh round in 2010, and has since appeared in 55 career contests, recording three tackles from scrimmage. Spitler also has 28 special teams tackles and one fumble recovery during his pro career. In 2013, he recorded eight special teams stops in 12 games with Miami.

Willie spent the majority of the 2012 season on San Diego's practice squad after originally signing with the Chargers as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arizona State. He did not play in the NFL in 2013. In two seasons (2010-11) with the Sun Devils, Willie recorded 72 receptions for 897 yards and nine touchdowns.

DiMarco originally signed with the New York Jets as a rookie free agent on May 10. He was a captain and three-year starter at William Penn, garnering first-team Midwest Collegiate Conference honors as a defensive end. DiMarco started all 11 games in 2013, totaling 55 tackles (36 solo), 26 stops for loss (-107 yards), 13 sacks (-58 yards), three fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles.

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