2022 NFL Preseason Week 2 Rookie Ratings: Steelers’ Kenny Pickett impresses

Hamilton played 85% of the Ravens’ defensive snaps in their win over the Cardinals. He was in the box regularly, doing a few blitzes and repelling a red zone shot using his 6-4 frame, 38-inch vertical leap and excellent hand-eye coordination. Hamilton lost a tight end in the early run game and ran through a receiver block on a fast screen when near the line. He was especially impressive locking down tight ends in men’s coverage, including Cardinals second-round pick Trey McBride, with fluid, physical movement. When lined up deep, Hamilton displayed the range he showed at Notre Dame, covering the width of the pitch to avoid explosive plays and using long strides to get back into deep middle. Hamilton also did the dirty work on special teams, blocking for punts and playing on kickoff returns and coverage. The rookie flipped open-field once in the first half and couldn’t stop a third open-field conversion in the fourth quarter. He also left an open receiver on a third-and-one late in the first half, though the pitch went incomplete. Nonetheless, Hamilton showed the skill set that led the Ravens to select him in the first round.

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