Justin Hamilton has been one of the surprises of the preseason for the Kansas City Chiefs. As a big presence up front, he brings an important element to that defense, especially stopping the run.
Coming into training camp, Hamilton wasn’t expected to make much noise. He seemed like a potential practice squad guy. Now, it is possible that he can make an impact this season, as a member of the team.
Justin Hamilton attended Louisianna Lafayette from 2011-2014. He didn’t have a huge impact during his freshman season but he did each year after that. He was a run stuffing tackle who was also making plays in the backfield.
His production his final three seasons in college was pretty similar. He finished his college career with 97 total tackles, including 27.5 tackles for loss, in addition to 13 sacks. He also had four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries during his time as a Rajun Cajun.
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Hamilton went undrafted in the 2015 NFL Draft. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills where he spent the preseason and training camp. They cut him prior to the season though during their roster cuts.
— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) October 2, 2017
His next stop was with the Philadelphia Eagles. He spent a large part of 2017 with the organization, and he even was on the active roster for about a month. He played in three games for the Eagles last season.
He started week 17 for the Chiefs when they were resting players after already clinching a playoff berth. He also played a little bit during the playoff game against Tennessee.
— Brian Baldinger (@BaldyNFL) August 18, 2017
Hamilton has continued to work hard these past few seasons. He has learned from some great coaches from great organizations. That has set him up for success in this upcoming season with the Kansas City Chiefs.
His Preseason Performance
Justin Hamilton has looked really good in the preseason games so far. He has done an amazing job as a run stuffer on a team that has struggled mightily in that department in recent years.
Top 5 defensive grades (min.15 snaps) for the #Chiefs:
T.Y. McGill 87.4
Kendall Fuller 80.4
Justin Hamilton 80.1
Ben Niemann 77.5
Rob McCray 74.0#ChiefsKingdom
— PFF KC Chiefs (@PFF_Chiefs) August 26, 2018
Having numbers like that go a long way for him as he looks to secure a roster spot this season. With guys like Allan Bailey and Xavier Williams battling injuries, he has been given some reps with the first team defense in the preseason games.
There was a moment against Chicago where the Bears were running all over the Chiefs defense in the second half. This was after most of the starters, including Justin Hamilton, had come out of the game. They subbed Hamilton back in and he made a huge play stuffing a run at the line of scrimmage.
Justin Hamilton won’t be asked to have a huge role this season for the Chiefs. It is nonetheless encouraging to know that if they need him to step up and play, they can trust him to do so at a high level.
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