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Michael Hamlin joining Buffalo Bills as assistant coach, per report

Hamlin, a fifth-round pick in 2009, returns to the NFL for his first professional coaching gig, which will reportedly be as the Bills' special teams quality control assistant.

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Tony Crumpton of reports that Clemson University graduate assistant Michael Hamlin, a former NFL safety, will be joining the Buffalo Bills' coaching staff as a special teams quality control coach.

Hamlin, 29, was a fifth-round pick of Dallas in the 2009 NFL Draft. He spent three seasons bouncing between teams - Dallas, Jacksonville, Indianapolis, and Washington - before returning to Clemson to complete his degree.

He had spent the last two seasons working as a graduate assistant, working with defensive backs, for Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. Now, he'll return to the NFL for his first professional coaching job, working under Bills head coach Rex Ryan (who has known ties to Clemson) and special teams coordinator Danny Crossman.

As usual, here's our updated list of Ryan's coaching staff, which still has yet to be officially formalized. Coaches with asterisks next to their name, a list that now includes Hamlin, are hires that have not yet been confirmed by the team.

  • Rex Ryan | head coach
  • Greg Roman | offensive coordinator
  • Dennis Thurman | defensive coordinator
  • Danny Crossman | special teams coordinator
  • David Lee | quarterbacks
  • Anthony Lynn* | assistant head coach, running backs
  • Sanjay Lal* | wide receivers
  • Tony Sparano, Jr. | tight ends
  • Aaron Kromer* | offensive line
  • Karl Dunbar | defensive line
  • Jeff Weeks | assistant defensive line
  • Bobby April III | linebackers
  • Jason Rebrovich* | outside linebackers
  • Donnie Henderson | co-defensive backs
  • Tim McDonald | co-defensive backs
  • Eric Smith | special teams assistant
  • Michael Hamlin* | special teams quality control
  • Eric Ciano* | head strength and conditioning
  • Hal Luther* | assistant strength and conditioning
  • Dan Liburd* | strength and conditioning assistant
  • Jason Oszvart | strength and conditioning assistant