RICHMOND—A few days ago there were some questions whether or not DeAngelo Hall would be on the field for the start of training camp. As it turned out, not only did he practice but he lined up at cornerback with the first team.
Hall, who will turn 32 in November, suffered a devastating injury last fall. He tore his Achilles tendon in a Week 3 game against the Eagles and he tore it again in late October. It was not a given that he would be ready for training camp nine months after the second injury but there he was on the field on Tuesday, running around on the field like the injury had never happened.
Although Jay Gruden doesn’t appear to have a hard and fast rule about a player not losing his job due to an injury, he said that Hall will line up opposite Chris Culliver with the No. 1 defense until someone shows that he shouldn’t.
“He’s well-documented at how good he is,” said Gruden. “He had a bad injury, no question about it. He’s done everything right to get back. And I feel like with his experience, what he’s put on tape in his career, his veteran leadership, he deserves a right to be knocked off. And he’s going to be our starting cornerback right now then until somebody knocks him off.”
There was some thought that the Redskins might start Bashaud Breeland opposite Culliver. He stepped in for Hall last year after the injury and was very good at times. At other times, he looked like a rookie because, well, that’s what he was. Perhaps the rebuilding Redskins would be better off keeping Breeland in the lineup and have Hall compete with David Amerson for the nickel cornerback slot.
But it is apparently Hall’s job to lose with Breeland coming in for nickel situations. We will see if there is a legitimate competition and if Hall is still playing with the ones in Week 1.