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Is a switch to free safety in DeAngelo Hall's future with Redskins?


Is a switch to free safety in DeAngelo Hall's future with Redskins?

For the past couple of seasons, DeAngelo Hall has talked about the possibility of shifting from cornerback to safety.

He even tried it in practice here and there.

But after seeing a handful of snaps at free safety in Sunday’s win over the Saints, it’s starting to look like the long-discussed experiment could become the 12th-year vet’s new reality.  

“I haven’t played [safety] a lot,” said Hall, who suited up for the first time since Week 3 due to a toe injury. “[Former secondary coach] Raheem [Morris] kinda threw me back there every now and then in certain situations. It’s fun. I like it. I didn’t get a chance to make many plays [against the Saints], but I don’t mind running up and making tackles. So it was cool. It was fun. Definitely wouldn’t mind doing a little more that. But wherever they need me to play, that’s where I’m going to play.” 

Asked if he expects to continue to see spot duty at safety, Hall said: “I guess. I didn’t get too many snaps. I was just in the dime package. When the game kind of got out of hand, they took [starter Dashon Goldson] out and let me go back there and get some snaps. It just kind of depends on the situation. We’ll keep trying to keep growing my knowledge and seeing how much I can handle.”

Several cornerbacks have made a successful transition from corner to safety, including Charles Woodson, Rod Woodson and Ronde Barber. And with Chris Culliver and Bashaud Breeland now entrenched as the starters at right and left corner, respectively, Hall finds him searching for a spot to play as he returns from injury.  

“I made the statement [to the coaches] that [Breeland] is playing so good, don’t take him out,” Hall said with chuckle. “So we haven’t took him out. I’m trying to find somewhere to play.”

Hall said he’s reached out to Charles Woodson to get some tips on making a smooth transition.

“I’ve talked to C. Wood, just because I know C. Wood,” Hall said. “I definitely talked to him about it and reached out to him.”

Hall, who turned 32 today, believes his football acumen and experience could help him become a quality full time free safety, if and when that's what he's asked to do. But he was also quick to say he’s not going to make the switch just so he can play a few more years.

“I’m not going to try to go play safety just to try to extend my career. I’m going to play safety to be a damn good safety,” Hall said. “I’m not in the business of trying to tack on years. I can go home and hang with my kids and family before that. But I think I can make a difference at safety somewhere. They kinda mentioned it to me and I was like, ‘Alright, cool.’ We were in the lab trying to draw up different schemes and different things to try and get me on the field. It’s been interesting.” 

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No touchdowns but plenty of action in Redskins' 15-13 win over Jets

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No touchdowns but plenty of action in Redskins' 15-13 win over Jets

The Redskins starters got their first real snaps of the preseason on Thursday night. It wasn’t extended, but there was enough action to glean some information. 

1) The defensive line could be a force. Rookie Daron Payne recorded a sack on the first third down rush of his career. Think about that. In the nickel package, Payne lined up next to Jonathan Allen with Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith positioned as the outside pass rushers. That’s a formidable group. 

2) Kapri Bibbs has usually been the last running back mentioned among the Skins rushers. Might be time to adjust that. Bibbs had seven catches last night and arguably more importantly looked strong in blitz pickup on pass protection. Byron Marshall sustained a leg injury, albeit minor, and Samaje Perine sprained his ankle. Meanwhile, Bibbs got through healthy and looking good. With Derrius Guice done for the year, the competition at running back behind Rob Kelley and Chris Thompson is very much alive. 

3) Speaking of competition at the skill positions, the receiver battle is heating up. Mo Harris and Jamison Crowder did not play Thursday, and while Josh Doctson and Paul Richardson looked good early, undrafted rookie Cam Sims made plays throughout the game. Could Sims make the 53 man roster? Certainly. He has a huge frame that coaches drool over. If he does, that likely means trouble for one of two players with last names that start with Q: Brian Quick or Trey Quinn. Offensively Quinn seems ahead of Quick, but on special teams Quick can do much more. Sims is still far from a lock, but this is a situation to keep an eye on. 

4) Fans can be frustrated by the Redskins inability to score touchdowns against New York. Five short range field goals is not efficient offense. But withhold any anger until the actual first team unit gets on the field. On Alex Smith’s lone drive of the game, remember that the end zone pass to Quinn that fell to the ground likely would have gone to Crowder if he was playing. Or if Jordan Reed was playing, Smith might have thrown a different direction entirely. Or Chris Thompson. And oh yeah Trent Williams wasn’t playing either.


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Need to Know: Redskins stock up, stock down after Jets game

Need to Know: Redskins stock up, stock down after Jets game

Here is what you need to know on Friday, August 16, seven days before the Washington Redskins host the Broncos in their third preseason game. 

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Here are some players who saw their stock go up during Thursday's preseason game against the Jets and others who experienced a stock drop

Up—Rookie nose tackle Tim Settle had himself another big game. The difference this time was that most of his snaps came against the Jets starting offensive line as opposed to the Patriots’ backups he saw last week. He mauled ex-Redskins center Spencer Long a few times and he moved over to tackle in a four-man front to generate some pass pressure. He is still learning. 

Down—Backup center Tony Bergstrom was physically manhandled a couple of times, making things difficult for Colt McCoy, some running backs, and Kevin Hogan. He also committed a flagrant holding penalty that negated a good Hogan run for the first down. His roster spot does not appear to be in any danger, but he has to do better.

Up—Cornerback Danny Johnson had some pressure dropped on him when the team cut Orlando Scandrick, moving Johnson from roster long shot to a player who may have to be counted on. He played well, making a key play in the second quarter. On third down, he made a good tackle to stop a third-down play short of the sticks. He knocked the ball out of the runner’s hands, but a quick whistle negated the turnover. 

Up/Down—Wide receiver Cam Sims had some wild swings. In the second quarter, he was open in the red zone and McCoy put a perfect pass into his arms. But the ball popped out and was intercepted. Turnovers will get rookie free agents cut. Sims made up for it later in the game with a key third-down catch later in the second quarter. Later, in the last seconds of the game, he pulled in a 20-yard pass to set up Dustin Hopkins’ game-winning field goal. In between, he grabbed a touchdown pass between two defenders, but that play was negated by an illegal formation penalty. 

Down—You hate to see a player’s stock go down due in part to an injury, but that’s what happened with Byron Marshall. Even though he is OK, he left the game early, opening the door for Kapri Bibbs, his main competition for the fourth roster spot at running back, to have a good night. Bibbs caught seven passes for 47 yards. Before he left the game, Marshall put the ball on the ground on a kickoff return. Although replay showed that he was down by contact before fumbling it was close enough to cause concern. The competition for the fourth running back spot is tighter now than it was before the game. 

Up—Rookie safety Troy Apke had three tackles and he picked off a fourth-down Sam Darnold pass. Deshazor Everett gets an assist on the pick as he batted the pass up in the air. Apke is still has a lot to learn before he makes the transition from being a fast guy to being a good NFL player. 

Down—Linebacker Shaun Dion Hamilton had a chance to make a key third-down sack off Teddy Bridgewater that would have killed a fourth-quarter drive. But he went to the ground and missed the sack and Bridgewater made the completion to keep the drive alive. Hamilton gets credit for getting into the backfield, but he didn’t seal the deal. 

Bureau of statistics

Here are two preseason stats with the caveat that they are preseason stats. 1). In the first halves of their two preseason games with both sides playing mostly their first- and second-team players, the Redskins have outscored the opposition 26-6. 2). The Redskins have 216 rushing yards through two games. Last year they rushed for 103 yards in their first two preseason games. 

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Today: Off day

Upcoming: Preseason Broncos @ Redskins (Aug. 24) 7 days; Final cut (Sept. 1) 15 days; Season opener @ Cardinals (Sept. 9) 23 days

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