This seems to be a very popular topic this week. On Friday, Chad Hall showed everyone his versatility. He did everything from take handoffs out of the backfield, catch passes as a wide receiver, and field returns on special teams.
The Eagles have to love the versatility this guy has, but the question is whether or not it will translate into a roster spot.
Although he’s showing a lot of promise, I think Hall is fighting an uphill battle. He’s shown he can play at both running back and wide receiver, but those are two positions that already have heated battles for roster spots. On special teams, he’s shown us that he can return both kickoffs and punts. However, these duties can be handled by a number of different position players, namely Ellis Hobbs and DeSean Jackson.
Offensively, he seems to resemble the Wes Welker mold. Hall is a small guy with a lot of speed that can be good on some quick-hitting plays. I do believe that Hall can make contributions to this team, but I’m not sold that he’ll get a roster spot yet.
Reports are saying that Riley Cooper has just about secured the fourth wide receiver position, and Hank Baskett and Kelley Washington are battling for the fifth spot. Both Baskett and Washington are tall receivers who have proven they can perform on special teams as well. Is there anyway Hall can fit into this battle?
I don’t see the Eagles carrying Hall on the roster as a running back. They’ve already got a great battle for the third position with true rushers, not hybrids like Hall.
If Hall continues to perform like he did in the Jacksonville game, he’s going to make it very hard for the Eagles to not give him a roster spot. Hall will be a guy to watch as the rest of the preseason continues.