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Need to Know: Will Redskins’ Hall move to safety?

Feb 27, 2015, 5:24 AM EDT


Here is what you need to know on this Friday, February 27, 11 days before the Washington Redskins and the rest of the NFL start free agency.

Question of the day

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For initial question here I’ll refer you this excellent post from earlier this week by colleague Tarik El-Bashir. He goes over the top free agent cornerback options as well as some that aren’t on the radar of many fans.

But I would like to address DeAngelo Hall moving to safety. You mention it as though it’s a foregone conclusion that he will move when in reality it’s far from it.

Hall moving to safety has been talked about for the last few years, primarily because the Redskins have constantly had a need at that position. He has lined up there from time to time, fueling even more speculation.

But Hall is a cornerback, a position that is of greater value than safety. If he can still play cornerback, which he could before he tore his Achilles twice last fall, it’s probably better to keep him there and get a fill-in at free safety.

The Achilles certainly plays a large part in this. It’s something that could push him towards becoming a full-time safety if it has cost him a step or two. Or if he ends up being sidelined until well into training camp with the injury, which is a possibility, Hall could end up staying at corner rather than learning a new position in a new defense.

Assuming that the injury isn’t a major factor in the situation Hall’s 2015 position could depend on who the Redskins are able to land in free agency and in the draft. I tend to think that corners will be more readily available in both and that could push Hall to safety. But if things fall the other way and they can get two or three corners to go with David Amerson and Bashaud Breeland (and possibly Tracy Porter if he isn’t a cap casualty), they may be inclined to move Hall.

The bottom line here is that while Long Inc. here may ultimately be right, there is a lot that needs to be sorted out before that decision is made.


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Days until: NFL free agency starts 11; Redskins offseason workouts start 52; 2015 NFL Draft 62

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  1. troylok - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:16 AM

    In a perfect world I think the team would want a bigger guy playing safety where you sometimes draw coverage on big tight ends. I realize there are trade offs that have to be made with teams short on depth like the Redskins, so maybe moving Hall is the lesser of many risks. Hall, if he hasn’t missed a step, would give them the fastest safety they’ve had since Taylor so he does provide range. I just worry about his risk taking at a position where he many times will be the last line of defense…

  2. abanig - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:25 AM

    I think this is a bad idea for this season. If Hall was 100% and not rehabbing, I’d be for this, but Hall is going to be rehabbing most, if not all of the offseason. I know he has played some FS at times but not full time, he doesn’t have the time or the ability to focus on the switch this offseason.

    Frankly, I think the player the Redskins should consider moving to FS is David Amerson. Amerson has shown the ability to tackle and hit people as a corner, but he hasn’t always had the best coverage in space as a FS, he wouldn’t have to worry about covering in space thsg much.

    I thought that the Skins should have made him a free safety when they aquired him in the 2013 draft. Many scouts thought he’d be a better free safety than corner, and it seems they could be right based off his performance at CB last season.

    At 6’1, 205, Amerson is 3 inches taller and 15 pounds heavier than Hall and not coming off an achilies injury, make Amerson the FS if they can’t sign someone better.

    • mr.moneylover - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:34 AM

      David amerson got bad foot work so he wont be able to pick off the ball if its thrown deep deangleo hall got good footwork and will be better at saftey

    • ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© - Feb 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM

      Amerson would be a good FS, except for one thing: his number one drawback as a pro football player is being a knucklehead.

      You need some smarts to play FS.

  3. mr.moneylover - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:30 AM

    Patrick willis and Navarro Bowen are expected to be release cause they cap number expect scot m. To go after them if 49ers cant renegotiate they contract

  4. sidepull - Feb 27, 2015 at 7:17 AM

    clearly the skins need to do something. Lets see what FA brings as well as the draft. I know Scot must understand the hole we have in the middle of the field. Perhaps Thomas will develop thus year and we can see what Scott thinks of that Draft pick. If I had t to choose Hall or Amerson, I would just put Amerson in there because he is here long term,

  5. murphsman - Feb 27, 2015 at 7:56 AM

    Totally off topic Rich, but what’s your opinion of the signing of Jean-Francois, and what will the effect be?

    • Rich Tandler - Feb 28, 2015 at 6:04 AM

      We’ll see what else they do on the DL. Jean Francois (no hyphen, as I have found out) likely will be a starter on this line, would be a decent rotational player on a good 3-4 line. Good guy from what I’ve heard, good locker room guy. Bottom line, a guy who will fill in for a year or two until a draft pick can develop (that’s the plan, anyway).

  6. Stephfan - Feb 27, 2015 at 9:04 AM

    Hall would have to on a little but more pounds I think before that move is made. But with the ok talent at safety in fa I think skins will go with one of them first

  7. pdxskin - Feb 27, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    I think we should be prepared to move on from Hall this year (if the financials allow it), and sign two younger mid-level CBs in free agency to backfill those holes.

    I think the idea of moving Amerson to FS is very intriguing, but that would depend on him having the right attitude about making the position change, and the coaches believing that FS is truly the best fit for his skill set (i.e. if they think he can still be successful as a corner, I think they will leave him there and continue trying to develop him in that position).

  8. polofourme - Feb 27, 2015 at 1:14 PM

    He first has to get back on the field and the type of injury he suffered and then tore it again five weeks after the initial surgery doesn’t bode well for his return this season. That injury usually takes 18 mos or more to completely heel and it will always be susceptible to injury in the future. If by some miracle he can get back on the field which I doubt but if he does and can stay healthy, because the lack of S’s in the draft class and FA, I would say, the Redskin wont have much of a choice and would have to move him back to S….but that’s probably not going to happen because of his injury and we are so thin at the CB position.

  9. goback2rfk - Feb 27, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Hall is moving to F.A. (Free Agency) not F.S (Free Safety)

  10. alextwrs - Feb 27, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    Any chance we take the CB from MSU Trae Waynes at #5 overall. He looked really good this year and if Leonard Williams and Dante Fowler are gone and no trade partners with viable offers I wouldnt mind having a stud to pair with Breeland.

    • Stephfan - Feb 27, 2015 at 2:58 PM

      That would be the worst pick possible. Going by that senario there is still Shelton and a few good pass rushers. If rather see them get that wr out of west va. There’s no corner rated in the top 10 so it’s a waste.

  11. mr.moneylover - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:18 PM

    The good thing is that scot m. And jay gruden see what the fans see on film…more moves expect to be made…colefield & bowen already gone and if it wasnt for they contract perry Riley andre roberts will be gone too…jarvis jenkins is a free agent by the looks of it he wont return so I expect redskins to be better next year with the young and upgrade players…redskins finally hire coaches thats gonna teach these players and make the film room more important then actually practising on the field…breeland got better and better as the year went on because when everybody else leave the film room he will be the only one who stay…with the hire of perry farwell our DBs should be better then years pass…I still dont think david amerson will be given that starting spot I think he gotta work for it this year after the year he had and by bein suspended for one game for missing practice

  12. kenlinkins - Feb 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

    I give D. Hall credit for knowing it was in his best interest to allow the Redskins to avoid having to pay him the roster bonus that came due soon . This will allow him more time to heal and allow the Redskins more time to sort out how they want to attack all the short comings of their weak roster. (That is a real pro, way to many would have said NO and cost themselves money in the long run) D. Hall’s value is as a CB but having a fall back position is never a back idea for a NFL player at D. Hall’s age and health. If he shows in camp that he can handle both positions if need (assumes Amerson can start and the Redskins can draft a CB in rounds 2-4) both he and the team benefits. Until I see if the new DC’s system uses the combo type (SS/FS) like the last 4 or 5 years, I can not get a real handle on many of the guys named who might be able to play either Safety position. If he uses a real SS and FS, then D. Hall would have real shot to play CB, Nickel DB or FS if he heals up before he would have to come off the PUP List (Assumes that he will not be ready in early Sept, and the Redskins find a few guys that show talent and they want to keep around on the roster or PS. How the new GM handles re-building the roster will be very interesting and D. Hall is another part of that opportunity.

  13. me4gm - Feb 28, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Hall is an excellent and under rated tackler. He rarely misses and fearlessly takes on big running backs. Not sure he can take that pounding every down as a safety but as a hybrid playing both positions he is too valuable not to keep. Ball hawk reading QB from safety position instead of man coverage corner sounds interesting to me

    • polofourme - Mar 1, 2015 at 11:52 AM

      He is afraid of his own shadow….you can not be serious about being under rated as a tackler. Archives

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