DeAngelo Hall still adjusting to playing nickelback

Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said he still is adjusting to his new role with the defense, but overall, he felt good about his showing Sunday against the Saints.

Cornerback DeAngelo Hall recorded three tackles and a sack in Sunday’s win over the Saints. (Associated Press/Carolyn Kaster)

After playing almost exclusively on the outside during the first eight seasons of his career, Hall has been asked to log extensive playing time at nickelback this season, matching up with slot receivers, and also play some safety.

 Hall did well Sunday in coverage at his new spot, saw some time on kick coverage and recorded a sack on New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees after blitzing from the slot. Hall’s final stat line read: three tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack.

 “I felt good,” Hall said. “Coaches said it was the best game I’ve had as a Redskin. I don’t know if that’s how I felt. But it was a good game. I felt like I knew what was going on, felt like we kind of confused them a little bit.”

 Said defensive coordinator Jim Halsett: “He did a good job in all the areas we asked him to.”

 For Hall, the sack marked the first complete sack of his career. He previously had recorded a half-sack twice (once in 2008 and once in 2004).

 “It was nice,” Hall said of the sack. “I see why some of them D-linemen and linebackers get so hyped some times. It was an adrenaline rush. It was pretty nice.”

 Hall’s assignments weren’t targeted by Brees during the game, so Hall didn’t have any opportunities for an interception, which he said was a bit unsettling. Hall said he’ll have to develop patience as he tries to find other ways to make plays. But he believes those opportunities will come eventually.

“It was a little tough to get balls,” Hall said. “I told [secondary coach Raheem Morris], ‘I’m ready to go back on the outside, man. I didn’t get no balls.’ A couple of them little jump balls [fellow cornerback] Josh [Wilson] got, I wanted one of those things. But, it’s cool. Some weeks I’m going to get action, some games I’m not. I definitely like being a little closer to the ball. It’s a work in progress. I’m still trying to tweak it and make it my own little thing.”

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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