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Hamlin OK With Being Backup

Ken Hamlin chatted with NFL.com fans about what his role will be in 2010.

Posted by Ryan Mink on Thursday, July 8th, 2010 at 11:08 am | Categories: Ryan Mink

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Safety Ken Hamlin has started all but two games he’s ever played in – both during his rookie season in 2003.

In Baltimore, however, the newly-acquired former Pro Bowler will be backing up Ed Reed at free safety. And if Reed isn’t ready to play by the season’s start, Hamlin will vie with Reed’s 2009 replacement, Tom Zbikowski, for the starting gig.

During a chat on NFL.com Wednesday, Hamlin was asked if he would be okay with being a backup.

“If we’re winning and playing well, I’ll have a role on this team, whatever that is,” Hamlin said. “I’m a competitor, and I want to be on the field. But if what’s best for this team is for me to be a backup and contribute on special teams, then that’s what I’ll do.”

Hamlin is still feeling out what role he’ll play in Baltimore. After all, he spent just two days practicing in Owings Mills before being signed on June 22.

“I’ll find my role,” Hamlin said. “To crack that lineup will be tough and I have my work cut out for me.”

Hamlin said his focus when training camp starts will be learning, both from Reed and the playbook – one area where Hamlin trails Zbikowski. He feels that will let him play freer and be able to “just make plays.”

Hamlin also plans on talking to Dawan Landry about how committed he is to the No. 26 jersey, the number Hamlin donned in Dallas.

“I think we’re talented at safety with myself, Landry and Reed,” Hamlin said. “How it all works out will play itself out, and it’s up to the coaches. But both those guys are special players.”

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