Redskins veteran DeAngelo Hall spent some time at free safety during Washington’s preseason game last weekend at Chicago and figures to do so again Saturday against Indianapolis. Hall has spent most of his eight-year career at cornerback and said Thursday the adjustment hasn’t necessarily been all that smooth.
“It’s a little different,” Hall said. “You don’t have to single in on one guy. It’s kind of hard to check all 11 guys and try to figure out where they are, as opposed to, ‘Alright, I’ve got this one guy. Let me lock in on him.’ It’s a little more studying. It’s a little different reads and things, just learning them. Taking it all in instead of rushing the process.”
For instance, Hall said, if a cornerback sees something develop, he breaks on it immediately. At safety, where most times he’ll be making decisions in space, Hall has to wait until the ball is thrown to fully commit to heading a certain direction.
On the Redskins’ first defensive play of Saturday’s game at Chicago, Hall bit hard when Bears quarterback Jay Cutler looked to his left, only to watch Cutler change course and throw to his right to receiver Brandon Marshall for a 41-yard gain.
“You’ve just got to patrol your area and be able to make a play when it’s there for you,” Hall said.
Hall noted that at safety, the angles he takes toward a receiver coming out of a break also are different than those he takes when playing cornerback. Hall said Redskins’ defensive backs coach Raheem Morris frequently reminds him that “you’ve got one shot to find the angle,” and that is not an easy task to master at a new position.
“I got a minus on one play [against Chicago] when I didn’t find the angle the right way,” Hall said. “It’s a process. I’ll keep working at it. If I’m asked to go back there, I’ll go back there. We’re just trying to get the best guys on the field. It’s a passing league, so if we can put more corners on the field to combat what the offense is trying to do, that’s what we’re going to do.”
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