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Analyzing Leon Hall’s Impact in Pass Coverage


Jan 5, 2013; Houston, TX, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) reacts after returning an interception for a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter of the AFC Wild Card playoff game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Coming off a torn achilles tendon that cost him half of the 2011 season, many people questioned whether Leon Hall could return to his Pro Bowl form, at least in 2012. But through a strenuous offseason rehab program, Hall was not only able to be back the first day of training camp, was one of the best cornerbacks in football, and became one of the MVP’s of the team with his late-season heroics, which included a pick-six against the Steelers in Week 16, which turned out to be the Bengals’ only touchdown of the game, and ultimately helped Cincinnati clinch it’s second-straight playoff berth for the first time in three decades.

What’s even more amazing than Hall’s ability to make game-changing plays when quarterbacks challenge him, is actually how little they actually do target him:

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