With six-time Pro Bowl free safety Ed Reed still unable to practice after undergoing hip surgery in the offseason, Dawan Landry has become the veteran of the Ravens' defensive backfield.

But the strong safety is quick to point out that teammates like Tom Zbikowski, Haruki Nakamura and Ken Hamlin are just as well-versed in the defense's schemes and calls.


"All of us are veteran guys," Landry said. "Zib and Haruk have a couple years under their belts, and Ken has been around for a long time, and he's making a lot of plays, too."

As critical as Landry is and has been to the defense, he has yet to earn an invitation to the Pro Bowl and is often left out of the conversation that includes Troy Polamalu of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Bob Sanders of the Indianapolis Colts.

Asked whether Landry is overlooked, secondary coach Chuck Pagano said, "Absolutely. Everybody's got a role. Not everybody's going to be Ray [Lewis], and not everybody's going to be Ed. Dawan understands his role, and he plays it better than anybody else."

Zibkowski said Landry doesn't get the credit he deserves because he doesn't have the panache that the media craves.

"He's a media person's worst nightmare," Zbikowski said. "He's sturdy, consistent and accountable. There's nothing good you can write about a guy like that. I mean, who wants to read about somebody who does his job well every single time?"

For his part, Landry said he is not concerned about getting recognized.

"That doesn't bother me at all," he said. "I don't think about it at all. I'm just playing my game and whatever I'm doing to help this team win and contribute in any kind of way, I'm fine with that."