Hall praised Rambo following his performances in the last two preseason games, calling his play “night and day,” compared to last season.
Outside of Robert Griffin III, none of the Redskins’ draft picks from the past few years entered training camp under more scrutiny than Rambo.
Anointed as a starter on Day 1 of the 2013 training camp, Rambo quickly turned into one of the biggest disappointments of the preseason and early stretch of the regular season as he struggled with tackling, and eventually got benched.
Rambo entered camp needing to prove to coaches that he had significantly improved in the tackling department.
He struggled out of the gates in training camp, but then in Washington’s preseason opener, Rambo displayed promise, making four tackles – including an open-field tackle of Patriots running back Shane Vereen to prevent a big gain.
Monday, he had his best showing yet, recording four tackles and a forced fumble.
“He’s probably been the best player on our team over these first two preseason games,” Hall said. “He’s graded out great. He’s made the plays we’ve asked him to make. He’s come up, he’s tackled. He’s night and day from what he was last year.”
Through two preseason games, Rambo leads Washington with eight tackles.
“I feel a lot better out there. It’s just my confidence coming out,” Rambo said. “The game’s slowing down for me, and tackling-wise, I’m just trying to do what coach Raheem [Morris] says: take better angles, and just get a body part.”
Hall said Rambo displayed a strong sense of motivation this offseason and remained undaunted by the signing of Ryan Clark, who starts ahead Rambo at free safety. Rambo still remains a work in progress, but Hall believes his young teammate is on the right track.
“He’s accepted the challenge,” Hall said. “He hasn’t walked around moping with his head down. He knew they was bringing in a guy. They brought in Ryan, who we knew was going to start, and he still goes out there hard and competes every day, tries to get better. I think he’s gotten a hell of a lot better.”
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