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Parmele insists role won¿t change despite addition of R.Williams

The addition of running back Ricky Williams gives the Ravens a veteran presence behind starting tailback Ray Rice.

But that doesn't mean that Jalen Parmele will sit by the side and voluntarily collect dust. In fact, Parmele said he intends to compete with Williams, a former teammate when they were both employed by the Miami Dolphins in 2008, for the right to back up Rice during training camp.

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"It doesn't adjust my role," Parmele said of Williams' presence. "I'm just going to go out and compete. They're bringing in Ricky, and obviously, he's a veteran and he's been in the game a while. He's been able to prove that he can do some things. The preseason is my time to prove that I can do some things as well. It's just me going out and competing and just having fun and doing what I do."

Parmele, who has carried the ball just seven times for 44 yards in three seasons with the Ravens, said he had heard the news regarding Williams before Monday's practice at the team's training facility in Owings Mills. Parmele said he wasn't shocked by the team's decision to sign Williams."You never know what's going to happen," Parmele said. "This is the NFL, and anything can happen. So you don't go around thinking that they're not going to bring in a guy. You're just open to anything happening. They're constantly trying to make the team better, and if they feel like they need to bring in a running back to come and compete, that's what they did. I can't take that as them saying, 'Oh, they don't trust me.' I've just got to do what I do, and I've just got to prove that I can be that guy during the preseason."

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Parmele, who wears No. 34, smiled when reminded that Williams wore the same number with the Dolphins.

Asked if he would surrender the number to Williams, Parmele said, "I know Ricky from back in Miami. He's a cool dude. But I'm not going to lie. [No.] 34 goes back to my days in Pop Warner, so I'm kind of attached to this number. I don't know. We'll see what he says."

Parmele declined to say whether a certain financial offer would attract his attention, saying only, "I don't want to take the man's money like that. So it's hard to say. We'll see what happens."

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