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Cornerbacks Walt Harris and Ken Lucas, and safety Ken Hamlin did not do anything to jump off the practice field on Thursday, but this week’s tryout did show they could potentially add depth to the Ravens’ secondary.
“They all three look like they can play in this league,” Coach Harbaugh said. “[They're] veteran corners [and a] veteran safety that have a lot left in the tank.”
In addition to his seasoning, Lucas, 31, believes he fits the reputation of Baltimore’s defense.
“It was good to get my feet wet with some of the other veteran guys that were here to work out,” said Lucas, who started six games for the Seattle Seahawks last year, totaling 34 tackles and one interception. “For my personality and the way I play the game, they have a confidence about them on defense that you would want to play with. I would like an opportunity to play for them this year.”
The prospects only had a few days to impress coaches, however, so there are no preconceived notions about whether any one of them will stay.
“I just went out there and worked hard,” said Hamlin, 29, a former Pro Bowler (2007) with the Dallas Cowboys. “I wanted to pick up as much as I could about the defense, so we’ll just see how it goes. There are no guarantees around here, so I don’t want to set any expectations. All I can do is work hard.”
Harris would be considered the elder statesman of the group.
At 35, Harris has a wealth of knowledge and even earned a Pro Bowl nod for a 60-tackle, eight-interception performance in 2006.
But, Harris is also coming off a year out of football, as a knee injury last offseason with the San Francisco 49ers had him rehabbing all of 2009.
For his part, Harris thought the knee held up well through the tryout.
“I thought it went good,” he explained. “It’s a matter of trying to get back into the groove of things and plant. My knee felt good.”
With safety Ed Reed and corners Fabian Washington and Lardarius Webb all recovering from injuries, the Ravens don’t have a lot of veteran defensive backs.
Baltimore did bring in Travis Fisher, who is in his ninth year, earlier this offseason, but apart from that, only Chris Carr and Dawan Landry have at least five years of experience.
Harbaugh deferred to General Manager Ozzie Newsome regarding any potential signing.
“Whether they’ll have a chance [to make the team], I don’t know,” he said. “We’ll have to talk to Ozzie about that this afternoon and see where we’re at.”