This Atlanta Falcons team is among the league’s youngest and we learned a little bit about them in their near comeback against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Specifically, we learned a lot about second-year cornerback, Darren Hall’s perseverance and never quit attitude. It came late in the game when things did not go his way but he managed to keep a clear head and continue to fight.
Let’s go over what we learned about Darren Hall in only his 16th game in the NFL.
Atlanta Falcons cornerback, Darren Hall, showed what he is made of
The Atlanta Falcons have their two starting outside cornerbacks in A.J. Terrell and Casey Hayward, there is no questioning it even though they have had a few struggles in the two games we have watched from them, but reserve CB Darren Hall, who has only played 26 snaps this season, has shown that he will fight through anything.
In a game where both Terrell and Hayward missed some time, Darren Hall was called upon and he had a rough day but that does not mean we cannot commend him.
Right after the second half started, the Rams had a third down and ended up converting because Hall was beaten on the route and then slipped and fell. It was anything but pretty but he didn’t allow it to affect him.
In total, he played 23 snaps and gave up three catches on four targets for a total of 46 yards, which is not good in any way, yet he made one of the biggest plays of the game immediately following what seemed to be a huge play for the Rams.
Matt Stafford had a third and four with just over three minutes remaining in the game, and he, unsurprisingly, targetted Cooper Kupp who essentially torched Darren Hall on the stem of the route.
Kupp took off for more yards but the guy who just got beat took off after him. Darren Hall catches up to Kupp and punches the ball right out of his arms, the ball kicks around, and Hall manages to get right back up and jump on the ball.
How many defenders do you see that get beat and then just put their head down and give a half effort until the whistle?
Darren Hall could have let the fact that he was just beaten by the best receiver in the league on a critical play, cloud his mind, but he kept a clear head and realized there was a play to be made, and boy did he make that play.
He gave his team a strong chance to win the game that would have been miraculous.
In just one play, we learned that Darren Hall has the shortest of memories and will not give up. We have to praise him for that and he should continue to build on his strong mental makeup.