Former Natchez Bulldog Justin Hamilton to make NFL debut

Published 12:54 am Sunday, October 1, 2017

Former Natchez High School player Justin Hamilton is set to make his NFL debut after the Philadelphia Eagles promoted him to the team’s 53-man roster Saturday.

The Eagles organization announced the promotion ahead of today’s game against the San Diego Chargers.

Prior to the move, the Eagles had only three healthy defensive tackles. To make room for Hamilton the Eagles waived safety Trae Elston.

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Hamilton signed with the Eagles in January to play on the NFL team’s practice squad.

After graduating from Natchez High School in 2011, Hamilton went on to play at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He played all four seasons with the Rajun’ Cajuns as a defensive tackle and recorded 102 tackles, including 14 sacks. During his senior year, he was named First Team All-Sun Belt Conference.

Following his time at ULL, Hamilton went undrafted but signed as a rookie free agent with the Buffalo Bills in May 2015. He was waived from the roster in August of the same year.

Since then Hamilton has signed with the Green Bay Packers and the Seattle Seahawks for their respective practice squads.

Hamilton signed with the Eagles following the 2016 season and spent training camp and the preseason with the team, accumulating six tackles in the four preseason games. The Eagles retained Hamilton on the practice team.

Saturday’s promotion was Hamilton’s 20th transaction since entering the league, the Eagles organization said.