Former Missouri defensive lineman Dominique Hamilton is in Chiefs camp, hoping to find a new home after two seasons as a practice squad player.
Originally signed by Oakland as an undrafted free agent in 2012, Hamilton went through training camp with the Raiders in 2012, but landed on Washington’s practice squad the last two seasons.
Now, Hamilton, who made 140 tackles with 51/2 sacks in 46 games for the Tigers, is eyeballing a spot on the Chiefs’ opening-day roster as a backup defensive lineman. He talked to The Star about his post-Missouri odyssey:
Question: What’s it like to be back in Missouri?
Hamilton: “It feels like a homecoming honestly, being back here. I was gone for two years, but it feels good to be back.”
Q: How do you feel like you’re progressing in camp, especially with some big names in this front seven?
Hamilton: “It feels good. I came here, because they said they needed a nose guard. I’m giving it my all, and I feel like I’m improving every day.”
Q: How did your time at Missouri prepare you for the NFL?
Hamilton: “It prepared me a lot. I got my feet wet two years in the league already. Now, I’m going on my third year. I came here and there’s a great group of guys around me. The coach, Tommy, he’s really good. He’s showing me the basic and getting my footwork together.”
Q: Is it nice to be reunited with Kevin Rutland and Jerrell Jackson?
Hamilton: “We travel in the same car right now. We’re on the same floor and we talk every day. We were actually roommates up in OTAs, so we had our own little place up there. We keep the little Tiger bond close together.”
Q: What it would mean to make the Chiefs’ roster and be close to friends and family in Columbia?
Hamilton: “You don’t even know how much that would mean to me. I’ve got a lot of friends, I’ve got a lot of family around here in this area. This would be the perfect fit for me. I see a lot of old faces around the community, so it feels like a homecoming.”