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CB Leon Hall adds more depth to Giants secondary
The Giants have announced the signing of CB Leon Hall:
Giants Insider: CB Leon Hall
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Adhering to the theory that you can never have too many good cornerbacks, the Giants today signed 10-year veteran Leon Hall.
Hall, 5-11 and 195 pounds, played his first nine seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him in the first round of the 2007 NFL Draft.
The University of Michigan product joins a group of cornerbacks that includes veterans Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Janoris Jenkins (who joined the team as a free agent in March), Eli Apple (the team's first-round draft choice this year), plus Trevin Wade, Leon McFadden, and three rookie free agents.
"Leon is one of the versatile veteran corners that we had targeted during the free agency period," general manager Jerry Reese said. "He was very impressive at the workout Wednesday, he brings tons of experience, and also brings veteran leadership to our defense."
"We're fortunate to add Leon to the roster," coach Ben McAdoo said. "He's a pro's pro, has played a lot of football, and has a nice skill set for us."
Hall is a versatile player who has played on the corner (predominantly on the right side), in the slot, and at safety.
"We see him playing a lot of inside football for us, serving as a nickel," McAdoo said. "But never say never when a guy has a chance to move around."
"I'm comfortable there," Hall said of playing in the slot. "We've talked and I'm comfortable in multiple spots, which I think is a good thing, especially for this team, just to be able to be flexible. I pride myself on being able to play in the slot, and if they need me on the outside and elsewhere, I pride myself on being ready for that, too."
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After nine seasons wearing the same uniform, Hall must learn a new defense, become accustomed to new teammates, new coaches, and a find his way around a different region of the country.
"I'm a little nervous, naturally, but definitely anxious and excited," he said. "I've been working out, but it's different when you're not with a team and training camp. Everybody started last week, so I've been watching on TV. Sitting around watching is not fun, so I'm excited to actually put some cleats on again.
"It's a little bittersweet, but it's exciting. Everything is going to be a little different, but sometimes different is good. I'm excited for the opportunity."
To create room on the roster, the Giants waived cornerback Tramain Jacobs, who played five games for the Giants last season and had three special teams tackles.
Hall has played in 121 regular-season games with 105 starts. His career totals include 517 tackles (380 solo), 26 interceptions (including two he returned for touchdowns), 129 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, and two fumble recoveries. Hall also had 28 special teams tackles, and he returned three kickoffs and three punts.
Hall started all four postseason games in which he played and had 24 tackles (11 solo) and an interception that he returned for a touchdown. He is one of just two Bengals in history to score a defensive touchdown in a postseason game.
Leon Hall on what it means to be a Giant
In the last two seasons, Hall has played 31 games (29 regular season), after recovering from a second Achilles tendon tear. He tore his left Achilles tendon in 2011 and the right one two years later.
Hall played in 14 regular-season games with four starts in 2015. He started one game at right corner, two at nickel back, and one at strong safety. Hall totaled 55 tackles (44 solo), two interceptions and nine passes defensed. He had a season-high seven tackles (five solo) vs. Pittsburgh on Dec. 13, and twice had six tackles in a game. Hall also started and had two solo tackles and broke up a pass in the Bengals' AFC Wild Card loss to Pittsburgh.
Hall was the 18th overall selection in the 2007 draft. In his first four seasons, he played in all 16 regular-season games - starting every game from 2008-10) -- and one postseason game. He started all 43 games in which he played from 2011-14 before moving into more of a reserve role last season.
A native of Vista, Calif, Hall played for Michigan from 2003-06, and was a consensus All-American as a senior.
FIVE THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
By Dan Salomone
1. Originally a first-round pick (No. 18 overall) by Cincinnati in the 2007 NFL Draft, cornerback Leon Hall played all nine of his previous seasons with the Bengals, starting 109 times in 125 games played, including the postseason.
2. With two interceptions last season, Hall moved into fourth place on the Bengals' all-time list with 26. Other career numbers include 470 tackles, three interceptions returned for touchdowns, 112 passes defensed, five forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.
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3. His 112 passes defensed are No. 5 in the NFL since coming into the league in 2007. Giants cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is No. 4 with 122 (Rodgers-Cromartie was drafted in 200.
4. In 2012, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound cornerback was named the Bengals' team recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award, sponsored by league athletic trainers. Hall suffered season-ending Achilles tears in 2011 and 2013.
5. Hall played four seasons (2003-06) at Michigan, where he was a consensus All-American in 2006. He left with the school record for career passes defensed (43) and ranked tied for fourth in interceptions (12). A California native, he played cornerback, wide receiver and quarterback at Vista High School, earning All-America honors and also lettering in track.
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so pumped for this season!!! our depth is much improved, d much improved, hopefully best talent at WR Eli has EVER had. really my question marks for this team is RT and RB. We could have upgraded both spots this offseason and reese choose not to. hopefully that turns out to be correct.
I'm picking us to win the division. Haven't done that in years. A few reasons are because I really like our offense. I think Cruz will play well and Shep is supposed to be a real problem. I still don't like our O line though. I think the rest of the division is average and I think we're average but I think our offense is serious. I also think our defense will be good compared to last year. Like that 10-15 range which is a HUGE improvement compared to last year. We still have holes on defense and have to stay healthy. I just really wish our O line was better so we could get Rashad Jennings going,
eli apple gonna cook
He had a solid practice on yesterday, the talent is definitely there.
I hope so...hopefully Collins improves too. Wanna see what kind of year JPP has
jpp is going to be a beast if he stays on the field. his last few full seasons he had a lot of minor injuries that effected him. this guy has talent for sure. we saw him get pressure with one hand being out of football shape last year. this year he is playing for a contract. a big year gets him 100mil
I think JPP will have a big year now he's got all his hand surgeries done with. I think he's gone after this year because he's gonna get paid.
-Really liked seeing the D-Line get consistent pressure
-Not seeing any progression from Nassib
-surprisingly Andre Williams ran well
-Most importantly no major injuries
-It's early but I really feel good about this years team.
Probably the most depth we've had in years, right?
D Line looked nice, Williams looks faster after losing the weight. Eli Apple looked good and so did Sterling. OL still looks like sh.
Cruz done papis... I feel it.
dont u put that evil on him ricky bobby!!!!!
Cruz played us for a year straight now. Glad I didn't buy his shoes.
O line is in shambles. That's our weakest link. Looks real bad.
oline might be a downfall. its just preseason but we need to give eli time. some people fail to realize that just because eli gets rid of the ball before pressure gets him doesnt mean he was not impacted by said pressure.
giants have plenty of chances to improve this online from draft(didnt draft a pot head but signed a wife beater? ok...) to free agents that would have been upgrade at LT and moving flowers to RT woudl have been an upgrade. If flowers doesnt play above avg at LT that would be a huge huge hit to this team and shows poor judgement of talent. he was one of the worst LTs in all of football grade wise last yyear, yes he is a rookie but stats don't lie. If he does not improve HUGE mistake could cost this team big
maybe move pugh to RT and hart to LG.
Will Beatty is back!!! put him in newhouse is a bum. still mad that reese didnt do better upgrading this position.
Flowers should be moved the guard imo.
Line shown improvements ending the season, but it's a huge area of concern.
Just need healthy bodies by the season opener.
health going into the season has been the best in years! lets keep it that way please.
i have always been a glass half full kind of guy. but i really think this is our best roster i have seen, just missing 2 upgrades....
packers cut a pro bowl 30 year old guard Sitton. Giants need to jump on this. we could very well upgraded RG RT weeks before season which would be huge. jerry and newhouse are backups at best.
lets make this roster complete!!!
Rueben Randle went from 2nd WR in game 16 last season to being out of the NFL. Thats how poor of WR he was, why it took them so long to figure out is beyond me......last year our # 2 # 3 WRs Randle and Parker vs cowboys week one are out of the NFL.......looking forward to seeing a big difference.....
Need to make up for week 1 last year
While Giant squad should be taking a knee.
Seeing Bush's face like he ain't completely drop the ball 15 years ago leading up to this day
Defense looks suspect.