Falcons strong safety Parker Baldwin, who participated in the rookie minicamp as an undrafted free agent, played at San Diego State with free safety/nickel back Damontae Kazee.
“I was a true freshman when he was a junior,” said Baldwin, who’s 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds. “So, yeah, he played and I played on special teams. In my sophomore year, we had the opportunity to start together. We have some experience playing together. It was fun. He’s a really great player and a really great competitor.”
Kazee stepped in at free safety last season when Ricardo Allen went down with a torn Achilles and finished second in the league with seven interceptions.
Kazee slated to move to nickel back this season.
Baldiwn, like Kazee, comes with a reputation as a hard-hitter. He started 32 of the final 34 games at the signature Aztec spot in SDSU’s 3-3-5 defense (same position Brian Urlacher played under coach Rocky Long at New Mexico).
“It’s a really unique position in college football,” Baldwin said. “It was an honor. I seen Urlacher do it and watching him do it in college and tried to emulate what he did. It’s hard to do because he was such a good player in college. It was really fun.”
Baldwin felt his minicamp went well.
“It’s been fun,” Baldwin said. “It’s been a really competitive atmosphere. It’s been fun to get in front of the coaches and have a chance to compete and battle out here.”
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