The 2015 season held a lot of change for Redskins' veteran DeAngelo Hall. The 32-year-old made his way back from a ruptured Achilles tendon only to be sidelined by a toe sprain from Week 4 to 10.
Young players stepped up in his absence, so Hall was moved from cornerback to free safety upon his return. And he really excelled. So much so that head coach Jay Gruden predicted big things for Hall's future.
"I think what he did in that role, mid-season, I think he's going to solidify himself as one of the top safeties in the league," Gruden said.
"He's got the skill set for it. He showed that he is not afraid whatsoever to tackle, number one. He's got the range to cover sideline to sideline. And he can come out of the box and cover tight ends or receivers."
"I'm really excited about having him there from day one in OTAs and learning the position," Gruden said. "Moving forward I think it's going to put a lot of years on his career if he wants to and it's going to be a huge benefit for us."
That's high praise for a player of Hall's age. But it's small consolation for a competitor smarting from a first-round playoff exit.
After Sunday's loss, Hall noted how much adversity he and his teammates faced this season.
"The group of guys in this locker room overcame a lot. We overcame a lot of injuries. We overcame a lot of bad situations," he said.
"I'm proud of these guys. I'm proud to be a part of what we did this season. It just sucks that it's over."
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