The New York Giants were, to put it succinctly, pitiful against the run in 2014. In 2015, they will take help defending the run from just about anywhere they can get it. Could they get if from Dominique Hamilton, a big one-tech type defensive tackle who was practice squad player for them much of last season? Let's look at Hamilton as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp in a new weeks.
2014 Season in Review
Hamilton did two stints on the Giants' practice squad last season, and was signed to the active roster for the final two games when injuries depleted the Giants' reserves. He was inactive for each of the final two games.
2015 Season Outlook
Hamilton has kicked around NFL practice squads since 2012, when he originally signed as un undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders. He has been with the Raiders, Washington Redskins and Kansas City Chiefs in addition to the Giants. The two games last season were the only time he has spent on a regular-season roster.
Despite the variety of stops the 26-year-old Hamilton has made, Giants head coach Tom Coughlin appears intrigued by the 6-foot-5, 315-pound Hamilton. The Giants were last in the NFL in 2014 against the run, surrendering 4.9 yards per carry. The Giants also signed Kenrick Ellis, a 346-pound run-stuffing defensive tackle, this offseason.
"Ellis is a big human," Coughlin said. "The young man on our practice squad, Hamilton, is a big human, so I am looking forward to seeing what they can do, too ... We realized that big dominating guy in the middle is a good starting point for the D-line."
The Giants have Johnathan Hankins, 2014 third-round pick Jay Bromley and Ellis at defensive tackle. after that they have 34-year-old Cullen Jenkins and Markus Kuhn.
When he came out of Missouri, Hamilton was thought to potentially be "a two-down run stuffer" at the NFL level. Given how poorly the Giants played the run in 2014, perhaps Hamilton can find a role if he shows the ability to be run stopper some thought he could be coming out of college.