Oct 14, 2012; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) puts on his helmet during a game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Cleveland won 34-24. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Geno Atkins is no longer “underrated”. At least all Bengals fans now knows how good he is as he continues to shine on every stage. One thing though Bengals fan continue to overlook is how good the secondary has been. They didn’t have the best start but lately, they have been way better than expectations without first round draft pick Dre Kirkpatrick. All this success starts with the number 1 corner locking down the number 1 receiver and that’s exactly what has been happening thanks to Mr. underrated himself: Leon Hall.
Leon had a very rough start but that was mostly due to him coming off an achilles injury. Lately though, he has been his old All Pro self. Before his interception in Philadelphia, I had almost forgotten he was on the team and that is just what you want to hear as a corner back. He completely takes whoever he is covering out of the play and rarely gives up a big play or makes a mistake. He doesn’t get all the attention as some other corner backs because he doesn’t get many interceptions.
The reason for that is simple, quarterbacks just don’t want to throw his way because his receiver is never open. For example, rookie CB Janoris Jenkins has 4 interceptions on the year because QBs repeatedly throw his way. Even though stat wise Jenkins looks better than Hall, I guarentee you Jenkins has given up at least twice as many touchdowns as Hall.