By Aaron Wilson
The Baltimore Sun
6:45 PM EDT, October 10, 2012
No longer a part of the Dallas Cowboys after being cut prior to the season, Ravens rookie outside linebacker Adrian Hamilton is intent on providing as thorough a scouting report as possible about his former employers.
Heading into Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium, the practice squad player's memory from his days with the Cowboys during the preseason has been jogged by the Ravens' coaching staff.
"They asked me about specific players that I came in with and have moved up," Hamilton said. "They ask about them and different aspects. 'Is he fast or is he slow?' I can tell you the play calls, but they've probably changed. Hey, whatever I can do to to help."
Another of of Hamilton's potential tasks this week in practice could be imitating Cowboys star outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware on the scout team.
Hamilton was released by the Cowboys following a preseason where he sacked St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens, separating him from his helmet and the football.
He battled knee and wrist injuries during training camp and fell victim to a numbers game in Dallas where Ware and Anthony Spencer are entrenched as the starting outside linebackers and the Cowboys drafted Kyle Wilber in the fourth round.
The Cowboys kept linebacker Orie Lemon on the practice squad for the second year in a row, retaining linebacker Alex Albright on the active roster.
As a reserve linebacker, Hamilton didn't display much in the way of special-teams skills.
"It was crowded, definitely," Hamilton said. "It was a numbers game. I played as hard as I could."
Hamilton broke Indianapolis Colts Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis' Southwestern Athletic Conference single-season record with 20 1/2 sacks last season at Prairie View A&M.
Despite recording 81 tackles, six forced fumbles and being named a Football Championship Subdivision All-American and putting on a season-long hit parade, Hamilton went undrafted.
Now, Hamilton is hoping to be promoted at some point this season to the active roster.
"Yeah, it's a different feeling," Hamilton said. "The fire inside me wants me to play, but I'm helping my team as much as possible on the practice squad."