Hamilton worked with the starting defense at OTAs in late May, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports. Washington has a few different options to replace Reuben Foster, who suffered a torn ACL on May 20. The team may also opt to use a rotation, with some combination of Hamilton, Josh Harvey-Clemons, Cole Holcomb and Jon Bostic all in the mix to get playing time alongside Mason Foster at inside linebacker. A 2018 sixth-round pick, Hamilton played 247 snaps on special teams and just 129 on defense during his rookie season, but he did manage 27 tackles (19 solo), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.
Hamilton finished his rookie season with 28 tackles (19 solo), 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble in 16 games. Hamilton got the vast majority of his playing time in December, starting the final four games of the season while Zach Brown saw his own role reduced. Team tackle leader Mason Foster is expected back in 2019, but there should be a nice opportunity for Hamilton to earn a starting job with Brown shaping up as a likely cap casualty. The 2018 sixth-round pick may need to compete with 2017 seventh-round pick Josh Harvey-Clemons, who has strictly been used on passing downs.
Hamilton is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Giants with a shoulder injury. Hamilton received the designation shortly after halftime, and the severity of the injury remains unclear. The rookie sixth-round pick had played only nine defensive snaps entering Sunday's game.
|4||09/29||@New York Giants||28|
|5||10/06||New England Patriots||7|
|7||10/20||San Francisco 49ers||14|
|11||11/17||New York Jets||13|
|14||12/08||@Green Bay Packers||2|
|16||12/22||New York Giants||28|