“I’m not gonna try to go play safety just to try to extend my career,” said Hall, 31, who earned three Pro Bowl honors as a cornerback with Atlanta and Washington. “I’m gonna go play safety just to be a damn good safety. I’m not in the business of just trying to just tack on years. I can go home and hang with my kids and my family before I do that.”
Sunday’s game was Hall’s first since he suffered a serious toe injury in Week 3. Last season, a twice-torn Achilles’ tendon sidelined Hall for the final 13 games.
With the Redskins signing free agent Chris Culliver in the offseason and second-year cornerback Bashaud Breeland emerging as a playmaker, Redskins coaches suggested that Hall try his hand at safety.
Last season, defensive backs coach Raheem Morris tried Hall at safety in limited situations.
“I like it,” Hall said of his snaps against New Orleans. “Didn’t get a chance to make many plays, but I don’t mind running up and making tackles. It was cool. It was fun. Definitely wouldn’t mind doing a little more of that. Wherever they need me to play, that’s what I’m gonna play.”
Like many of his defensive teammates, Hall had high praise for Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and the challenge he’ll present Sunday.
“If you want a prototype, dual-threat quarterback, you can’t draw one up any better than him,” Hall said of the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Newton. “Size-wise, arm strength, he’s a heck of a player. I think everybody on this team is gonna know where he is, is going to understand the urgency to get as many hats around him as possible. We can’t just put one guy on him and think they’re gonna be able to bring him down. It’s definitely going to be a team effort.”
The Redskins (4-5) face the Panthers (9-0) Sunday at Charlotte, N.C.