In The Passing Game, Eagles Hoping Hall Will Be Poor Man’s WestbrookEagles, News, Wide Receivers Friday, May 21st, 2010
I think the Eagles are trying to see whether former Air Force Academy star Chad Hall can be a replacement for Brian Westbrook in their passing game.¬† Marty Mornhinweg admitted the other week, that he doesn’t see LeSean McCoy ever becoming the receiver Westbrook was, to the point where they would be spreading him out the way they did number 36.
I don’t see them handing the ball to Hall, who stands only 5’8″ and weighs only 190, a lot but I think they might try to give to him enough on pass downs to help them get the matchups they want.¬† If there’s a run threat, teams will keep their linebackers on the field, so if the Birds spread Hall out, he would have a big advantage in the matchup.
I know I’m way ahead of things because Hall hasn’t even made the football team.¬† First of all, he’s going to have to prove that he’s good enough to play in the NFL, but I can see by that the way the Eagles are using him, they have dreams of having him replace Westbrook in the passing game.
The young man has been away from the game for two years while fulfilling his committment to the Air Force Academy.
He finished his career in college as a wide receiver but he played three years as a running back.¬† I’m talking about a legitimate running back.¬† In 2007 he carried the ball 32 times for 132 yards against Notre Dame.¬† He holds the Air Force single game running record of 275 yards.
Hall has been catching quite a few balls for the Birds so far in the OTA workouts.¬† He has some of the same qualities that Westbrook has.¬† He can play the running back and wide receiver positions.
Like Westbrook they can line him up anywhere on the field.¬† Right now they’re lining him up at the flanker spot in regular formations, then he slides to the slot position in three wide receiver formations and he’s also lining up at halfback.
He came to the Air Force as a quarterback and was converted to a halfback.¬† He finished his career there as a wide receiver.
On one play in the OTA’s on Thursday, Hall was lined up at the flanker spot and he came off the line of scrimmage with a quick burst as he approached cornerback Geoff Pope.¬† The receiver closed the distance between the two players and forced Pope to come out of his backpedal.
Hall made a move toward the sidelines and took two steps outside as if he was running a out route.¬† It forced Pope to stop his feet and the corner took a look back at the quarterback while preparing to break on the ball.¬† As soon as he looked back and stopped his feet, Hall turned the route back up the sideline and he was gone.
Rookie quarterback Mike Kafka hit him in stride with the pass and he was gone for a long touchdown.
It’s very early in this experiment, but if the Eagles dreams were to come true, Hall would be running screens and lining up all over the place like Westbrook used to do.
Hall said his past work as a quarterback is helping him pick of the offense.¬† He said he’s trying to learn what everybody does on each route, which is what a quarterback has to know in the offense.¬† Numerous times I heard the coaches describe Westbrook’s knowledge of the offense as that of a quarterback.
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