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    Hall ready to roll as a Ram

    By Bill Coats
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Friday, Apr. 27 2007

    After Kansas City floated his name this spring as possible trade fodder, Dante
    Hall was dismayed that Green Bay and Buffalo showed heavy interest. Bitter-cold
    weather and speed-sapping grass give him the shivers.

    "I was a little bit worried, I have to admit," Hall said. "When I found out it
    was St. Louis, I was happy for a lot of reasons."

    Topping that list was the fact that the Rams play their home games in a dome
    and on an artificial surface. All the better, he feels, to exploit his speed
    and quickness as a kick- and punt-return specialist.

    "It's hard when you're playing in 20-degree weather," Hall said. "You might sit
    on the sideline for a quarter (before getting into the game), and I don't care
    how fast you are, you're not going to be at your best playing in those kind of
    conditions."

    To acquire Hall, the Rams sent a fifth-round pick in this weekend's draft to
    the Chiefs, plus the teams swapped third-round positions. Hall, 28, passed his
    physical exam Thursday at Rams Park.

    "It's an area of need that we really felt we had to address," coach Scott
    Linehan said. "One way of guaranteeing that that need gets fulfilled is to do
    it via trade, which we were able to do with what is arguably one of the best
    ever at the position."

    In seven seasons with the Chiefs, Hall took 11 returns six kickoffs and five
    punts to the end zone. That ranks him No. 3 on the NFL career list, behind
    retirees Brian Mitchell (13) and Eric Metcalf (12).

    Hall's victims included the Rams: In December 2002, Hall scored twice, on an
    88-yard kickoff return and an 86-yard punt return, as the Chiefs cruised to a
    49-10 triumph.

    Despite decreased production the past couple of years, Hall said he believes
    that he can recapture his sizzle with the Rams.

    "There's no athlete, I don't care how great he is, he's going to have a year or
    two that aren't as good as your best years," he said. "The key is, how do you
    bounce back from that? I felt like a fresh start would help, coming to a new
    system, a new environment."

    The 5-foot-8, 187-pound Hall, a former tailback at Texas A&M, caught 145 passes
    for Kansas City. He figures to get limited work on offense with the Rams, who
    also have veterans Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt, Drew Bennett and Dane Looker on the
    roster.

    Linehan theorized that concentrating almost solely on returns would benefit
    Hall, who agreed ... to a point.

    "It's a fine line," Hall said. "A heavy workload can be detrimental to my
    return game, as it was in '04, when I had to be a starter for (six) games and
    take a lot of reps during practice.

    "If I can just find that nice mixture, where I get sprinkled in for 10, 15
    plays or so on offense ... it keeps me loose, lathered up, and when it comes
    time to perform what I do best, then I'm into the flow of the game."


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    Re: Hall ready to roll as a Ram

    Great article, another offensive weapon.....!!!!!

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    Re: Hall ready to roll as a Ram

    Question do we play Hall at all in preseason? Good read, not sure he will get 15 plays maybe 10. He will get it the ball on a reverse from time to time, I'm sure.

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    Re: Hall ready to roll as a Ram

    I wonder if any of our "Statnicks" can find out how well Hall did either just in our dome or in domes period...
    This space for rent...

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    Re: Hall ready to roll as a Ram

    "There's no athlete, I don't care how great he is ... he's going to have a year or two that aren't as good as your best years. The key is, how do you bounce back from that? I felt like a fresh start would help, coming to a new system, a new environment." -- DHall
    There you go... :r That's exactly what I believe is the case with Dante.

    I believe, I believe. Now let's really get him ready to roll in Training Camp!

    Question: do we play Hall at all in preseason? ...Not sure he will get 15 plays maybe 10. He will get the ball on a reverse from time to time, I'm sure. -- Rambos
    Good question. I hope his play in preseason is limited and protected.

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