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Cowboys spotlight on Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall

DeAngelo Hall, trying to take down Dez Bryant in 2013, has moved to strong safety but likely will be facing off with the Cowboys receiver on Monday.
DeAngelo Hall, trying to take down Dez Bryant in 2013, has moved to strong safety but likely will be facing off with the Cowboys receiver on Monday. Star-Telegram

Height: 5-10 Weight: 198

Season: 12th College: Virginia Tech

Strengths: Hall earned comparisons to Deion Sanders out of college. He was expected to become a top-flight, shut-down cornerback, and at times in his career, he looked the part. He has 43 career interceptions, 10 forced fumbles, 128 pass breakups and five touchdowns. But he remained maddeningly inconsistent for most of his career at cornerback. For several seasons, he was among the most targeted corners in the league. When quarterbacks targeted Hall, it frequently resulted in a big play one way or the other. He always has played with confidence, unafraid to challenge the league’s top receivers both verbally and physically.

Weaknesses: Father Time seems to have caught Hall, once a 4.35 speedster. He had a partial ligament tear in his toe in Week 3 and lost his job at cornerback while rehabbing. Hall tore an Achilles’ tendon last season, missing 13 games. The Redskins moved him to strong safety, and he started there Sunday, playing 48 of 69 snaps. This could be his last season.

Last week: Hall made four tackles in the Redskins’ 20-14 victory over the New York Giants.

Who he has to stop? Dez Bryant has not been himself this season. He has only 23 catches for 280 yards and two touchdowns. The Cowboys’ other starting wideout, Terrance Williams, has only 33 catches for 491 yards and three touchdowns. Tight end Jason Witten is the team’s leading receiver with 55 catches for 508 yards and two touchdowns, and slot receiver Cole Beasley has made 39 receptions for 392 yards and three scores.

Notable: Hall was the eighth overall pick of the Atlanta Falcons in 2004. … He has played for the Falcons, the Oakland Raiders and the Redskins. … Hall is a three-time Pro Bowler. … In 12 games against the Cowboys, Hall has 67 tackles, including 56 solos, with three interceptions, one forced fumble, three fumble recoveries and 11 passes defensed. … Hall needs one more interception to tie Ken Houston for ninth-most in team history with 24. … If he returns a fumble for a touchdown, he will tie Jessie Tuggle for the second-most in NFL history with five. Hall’s four career fumble return touchdowns tie him for third in NFL history with Bill Thompson, Derrick Thomas, Keith Bulluck and Ronde Barber.

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