Antonio Hamilton: 4 things to know about new Giants cornerback

 When the New York Giants kept only four cornerbacks on their initial
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free agency and the waiver wire to supplement that position. One of the six
players they were awarded on waivers Sunday was cornerback Antonio Hamilton,
formerly of the Oakland Raiders.As he did with defensive end Mario Edwards, Levi
Damien of SB Nation’s Silver and Black Pride, graciously answered some questions
to help us get to know more about Hamilton, a 25-year-old in his third NFL
season.Ed: Why did the Raiders let him go?Levi: I think they should have kept
Antonio Hamilton. But Gruden likes his oldsters like Leon Hall and Dominique
Rodgers-Cromartie.Ed: What are his strengths?Levi: He’s talented. Put on the
film of this preseason and you see some sticky coverage from him. He also plays
well on special teams. Good get by the Giants.Ed: Weaknesses?Levi: Honestly I
can’t pinpoint a specific weakness. That’s certainly not to say he doesn’t have
any, I just don’t want to bullshit my way through this answer.Ed: Anything about
him off the field or as a person we should know?Levi: He is a good dude off the
field. Though unless you love scripture, he’s not much of a Twitter
follow.Thanks to Levi for taking the time.Giants at Texans staff picks,
predictions: BBV writers make their picks Can the New York Giants pull an upset
of the Houston Texans on Sunday and avoid an 0-3 start? Here is how your Big
Blue View staff sees today’s 1 p.m. ET contest playing out.Chris Pflum When we
started the season I said that I was hopeful for the team under the new regime,
but I wasn't going to pick them to win until they gave me reason to. I made an
exception in week two for sentiment's sake against the Dallas Cowboys, and the
Giants took a step backwards.So now this week I'm back to waiting for proof of
life before picking the Giants to do anything but lose. The odds are stacked
against them this week. On offense, Houston has a smart, mobile quarterback, who
has multiple receiving threats downfield, as well as a potential run game. The
Giants will have to figure out how to deal with them without Olivier Vernon and
Eli Apple. On defense, they have one of the scariest pass rushing trios in the
league, facing an offensive line that underwent massive change, but no
substantive improvement. The Giants CAN win this game. They have the firepower
on both sides of the ball to compete, but so far they haven't shown the ability
to use it and do so. If Pat Shurmur, Mike Shula, and James Bettcher don't have
this team ready to win from the first whistle, this game could get ugly.Final
score: Houston 24, Giants 14 Season record: 1-1Dan Pizzuta Both of these teams
are 0-2, but not all 0-2 teams are created equally. The Giants look and feel
like an 0-2. They rank 27th in Football Outsiders’ DVOA and 30th in DAVE, which
keeps in preseason projections this early in the season. Houston, on the other
hand, is 11th in DVOA and 12th in DAVE despite the 0-2 start.Houston also looks
like a terrible matchup for the Giants. They have a number of playmakers along
the defensive line that can create problems for any offensive lineman. If it’s
not J.J. Watt or Jadeveon Clowney making a play, it’s D.J. Reader. The Texans
only rank 31st in defensive pressure rate per Sports Info Solutions
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, but that came against Tom Brady and a Titans team
that barely let Blaine Gabbert throw the ball, nevermind have a drop back that
would have invited pressure. Houston’s pass rushers are on the verge of a
breakout and it might happen against the Giants. And even while there hasn’t
been as much pressure against the pass, the line has been dominant against the
run — third in DVOA.Where the Giants could possibly take advantage is by rushing
the passer themselves. Houston is weak at tackle and ranks 30th in pressure rate
allowed on offense (the Giants rank 29th). After the Dallas game, the Giants
shot up to 11th in defensive pressure rate after a poor showing in Week 1
against Jacksonville. Olivier Vernon still hasn’t practiced, so it might again
be up to the edge depth to create pressure. The Texans could easily counteract
that with RPOs and read option, though the team has been hesitant to let Deshaun
Watson take called handoffs. Watson has 13 rushing attempts this season, but
none have been from a read option keeper.Losing Eli Apple is a big blow to the
defense, too — there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. Among 65 qualified
cornerbacks, Apple is second in yards allowed per pass (2.0) and tied for 13th
in success rate. That could lead the deep threat of Will Fuller on B.W. Webb and
Donte Deayon and Watson is not afraid to go deep when Fuller gets open.Final
score: Houston 27, Giants 17Season record: 2-0Patricia TrainaWill the Giants win
or lose in Week 4?Odds: Saints 3.5 point favorites over GiantsCanal Street
Chronicles FanPulse: Saints by 8Big Blue View FanPulse: Saints by 1I want to
believe this week will be different, that the mistakes that have doomed the
Giants in their first two games have been corrected and that the focus is at a
point where it’s now razor sharp.I really want to believe that.So with that
said, why am I picking the Texans this week? For starters, I don’t like some of
the match-ups in this game, namely J.J. Watt vs. that right side of the Giants
offensive line, or Will Fuller against cornerback B.W. Webb (who will probably
get the start with Eli Apple not playing).While I appreciate Eli Manning for
being the last of the classic pocket passers, I don’t like how there have been a
couple of instances so far this season where if he just moved a little bit more
in the pocket, maybe he would have avoided a sack or a pressure.I don’t like
that the coaches have abandoned the run early even with the game still in reach.
and despite having a running back in Saquon Barkley capable of making hay
without a pitchfork (or in this case, getting yards without ideal blocking in
front of him).I like John Greco and think he’ll be a fine addition to the
starting offensive line, but I’m just not sure what the effect on whatever
jelling and communication progress that line has made will be affected thanks to
this key change.And I especially don’t like that the Giants have to face another
mobile quarterback when they have yet to show they can keep the last two they
faced to way under 40 yards rushing.In short, I don’t feel warm and fuzzy about
a Giants win this week, a “‘must win” game (boy do I hate that term “must win”),
which is a shame because after this game, their schedule doesn’t get any
easier.Final score: Texans 24, Giants 20Season record: 1-1Andrea HangstThe
Giants’ defense can keep them in this game, but it’s the offense that will
ultimately bring upon their demise. The line continues to struggle, the passing
game is stagnant despite Eli Manning having one of the league’s top receivers at
his disposal and that struggling line isn’t making Saquon Barkley look like a
good use of a No. 2 overall draft pick. The Giants seem poised to be outscored
in a low-scoring contest and to remain winless through three games.Final score:
Texans 17, Giants 10Season record: 1-1Kevin HaswellThe Giants’ showed more of
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team to win between 8 and 10 games and after watching the first two weeks, I put
that win total between 5 and 7. This week will be more of the same. I think the
Giants struggle once again, losing this one by a touchdown on the road in
Houston. Final score: Texans 24, Giants 17Season record: 1-1Joe DeLeoneOptimists
look at this weekend’s battle of the 0-2s as the perfect opportunity for the
Giants to get back on track. I, however, am not one of them.Considering the lack
of creativity in the offensive game plan, there is a strong likelihood the
Giants fail to score over 20 points for the third straight week. The offensive
line does not stack up with the elite pass rushing unit the Texans have. J.J.
Watt and Jadeveon Clowney dominate in situations like this. Unless Pat Shurmur
and Mike Shula find ways to get the ball out of Eli Manning’s hands quicker,
offensive production will remain stagnant. Defensively the Giants are in a
position to have another stout game. The Giants are currently second in the NFL
in pass yards allowed with only 164 yards per game. With few receiving options
outside of DeAndre Hopkins, Deshaun Watson will not have a stellar day throwing
the football. If they are going to be successful on defense they need to bottle
up Watson like they did with Dak Prescott. The more he throws, the better for
the Giants.This game will be another low-scoring one. The defense is firing on
all cylinders, while the offense looks lost. It will be the same case this
weekend.Final score: Texans 23, Giants 13Season record: 1-1Mark Schofield Not a
lot of optimism right now, and with good reason. The offense is struggling,
Saquon Barkley becoming a focal point of the passing game is not what many
expected, and the defense was susceptible to zone read runs from Dak Prescott,
something you can expect them to see more of this week in Houston.If you want to
find a silver lining, you can look at the number of missed opportunities in the
passing game. Throws missed against Jacksonville. Opportunities passed on
against Dallas. Sometimes teams on a verge of a breakout performance finally hit
on opportunities that passed them by in previous games.Unfortunately, it seems
like such a breakout might still be on the horizon. An offensive line that has
struggled with protection now gets to face a defense with players like Watt and
Clowney. A defense that has struggled against mobile quarterbacks faces another
in Watson. The breakout might be coming, but it might take another week or
two.Final score: Houston 24, New York 14Season record: 1-1Ed ValentineAll week
long I have been trying to talk myself into picking the Giants to win this game.
Having seen what we have seen from the Giants thus far, though, with this game
being on the road, with two key defensive starters out of the lineup and with
many of the matchups not being favorable to the Giants I just can’t bring myself
to do it.I am particularly concerned about the Houston front of J.J. Watt,
Jadaveon Clowney, Whitney Mercilus and D.J. Reader against the Giants struggling
offensive line.I don’t want to believe this will be another completely lost
season for the Giants. I really don’t believe it will be. I think at some point
the Giants will get their ship turned around and pointed in the right direction.
I just can’t bring myself to predict that the turnaround will start on
Sunday.Final score: Texans 24, Giants 17Season record: 0-2
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