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Giants’ 90-man roster: CB Antonio Hamilton earned special place last season

Hamilton aims to reprise key special teams role

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Antonio Hamilton greets members of the military before a 2018 game.
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Antonio Hamilton is, by definition, a cornerback. He played in 13 games for the New York Giants, but did not play a single snap at cornerback. Or, for that matter, anywhere on the defense. His job was to play special teams, which he did for 236 snaps.

Let’s look at Hamilton as we continue profiling the 90 players the Giants will bring to training camp.

The basics

Height: 6-feet
Weight: 190
Age: 26
Position: Cornerback
Experience: 3

How he got here

An undrafted player out of South Carolina State, Hamilton played in 12 games for the Oakland Raiders during the course of the 2016 and 2017 seasons. He was acquired by the Giants via waivers at the beginning of the 2018 season.

2019 outlook

The Giants brought Hamilton back, and it’s easy to think he’s just a training camp body when you look at all of the young cornerbacks dotting the Giants’ roster. Hamilton, at this point, isn’t going to take defensive snaps away from any of the Giants’ young corners. He could, however, sneak onto the roster thanks to his importance to the special teams units.