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A closer look at how DeAngelo Hall performed after transitioning to safety

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A closer look at how DeAngelo Hall performed after transitioning to safety

Post by NewsBot on Thu Jan 21, 2016 11:38 am

Mark Bullock @ The Insider wrote:Transitioning to a new position is never an easy task for any player. Position changes like moving from left tackle to right tackle or from 4-3 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker are often overlooked by fans who think it’s something a player should be able to handle easily. But there are always aspects of position changes that are forgotten about. DeAngelo Hall has been one of the Redskins’ top cornerbacks since he signed as a free agent in 2008. Over the past few years, there have been murmurings of Hall switching to safety to help prolong his career. He has taken a handful of snaps at safety previously, but this season he fully committed to it.

Many think the switch should be simple, but they don’t take into account the new angles, responsibilities and reads that a safety has to make which a corner does not. Playing as an outside corner, Hall rarely had to do much more than worry about his man or his zone. But at safety, Hall has a much wider range of vision, having to account for receivers on both sides of the field. Instead of lining up on the outside every snap, Hall can go from sitting in the deep middle of the field one snap to covering a tight end or slot receiver the next, followed by playing a deep half the snap after that. There is much more variety to the safety position, particularly in the Redskins’ scheme. Hall’s football intelligence and versatility has helped him make the transition smoothly than others might have.

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