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Bryan Hall, the incredible shrinking Raven

Bryan Hall, Ed Reed AP

The Ravens invested in several new defensive linemen this offseason, but one of their old defensive linemen is now a new man.

Former defensive tackle Bryan Hall dropped 45 pounds to prepare for a switch to inside linebacker, which could help him hang around. Ravens coach John Harbaugh suggested the switch this offseason, and Hall was encouraged.

“It’s going good, I’m finally feeling like a linebacker now,” Hall said, via Aaron Wilson of the Baltimore Sun. “I got my weight all the way down. At minicamp, I was basically still a defensive lineman playing linebacker and learning the game. Now that I’ve got all my weight off, it’s time to work.”

He was listed at 300 pounds last year, but is down to 255 now. Hall was a linebacker in high school, but grew into a lineman at Arkansas State. He’s since peeled off the pounds with diet and training.

“Running is easy, but I’ve got to get back and know where I’m going to be and where to cover,” Hall said. “Now that I’ve done that, I’m going to be flying around pretty fast.”

Such a move isn’t unprecedented. Cardinals linebacker Lorenzo Alexander, who made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer, began his career as a defensive tackle. Alexander bounced through several stops before making a name for himself with the Redskins playing linebacker and running down kicks.

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18 Responses to “Bryan Hall, the incredible shrinking Raven”
  1. niquebchillin says: Jul 10, 2013 3:29 PM

    Naw, he has to play 3 more positions to reach
    Lo. Alex level … He aiming for Kiwanuka

  2. steelerben says: Jul 10, 2013 3:32 PM

    Jamarcus Russell needs to get whoever he was training with on the phone right now.

  3. nepo784 says: Jul 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    Steroids

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: Jul 10, 2013 3:37 PM

    He used the Matt Birk weight-loss secret: “Start at a big number.”

  5. tokyosandb1aster says: Jul 10, 2013 3:52 PM

    He should send his training regimen to Matthew Stafford, and to Ben Rothleisberger’s face.

  6. rocketcrab says: Jul 10, 2013 4:02 PM

    Good for him. That shows tremendous commitment. Are you listening, Courtney Upshaw???

  7. vibesid says: Jul 10, 2013 4:19 PM

    Will this guy even make the Ravens 53 man roster?

  8. rockthered1286 says: Jul 10, 2013 4:55 PM

    vibesid says:
    Jul 10, 2013 4:19 PM
    Will this guy even make the Ravens 53 man roster?
    ________________
    Uh, yea. Don’t make idiotic comments about a team you clearly don’t follow. Hall actally increased his playing time last year on the D line as a backup, and only made the transition becase of the slue of FA acquisitions on the line. Due to the thin ILB spot, Harbs made the suggestion to give him the best chance to get playing time. So there’s that.

  9. brucealmty says: Jul 10, 2013 5:07 PM

    Ravens have enough talent on defense to field 2 teams.

  10. ravensbob says: Jul 10, 2013 6:05 PM

    SB 48 , here we come!

  11. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 10, 2013 7:48 PM

    Next they’ll have the kicker gain 30 lbs and play CB. The last move will be, of course, the waterboy coming in to play QB. Actually, that last one is not a bad idea.

  12. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 10, 2013 9:09 PM

    Bryan Hall is going to wring out Roethlisbooger like an old wet towel. These shifts further show the world how versatile the Ravens are. No one trick ponies whose only trick is to jump offsides.

  13. stoogy says: Jul 10, 2013 9:24 PM

    Hey crown, maybe you should turn your attention to fat ben. How many ELITE qb’s would lose 8 games with the #1 D? Did fatty ever win a SB MVP? The steelers should start Gradkowski if they plan on being competitive. Flacco>Baby Ben!

  14. horses721 says: Jul 10, 2013 10:22 PM

    Donovan is falling back on his reason for coming down hard on certain players because he doesn’t like their skin color. That would make him a? I’m sorry, he can get away with saying these things because of his skin color!

  15. vibesid says: Jul 10, 2013 10:25 PM

    @rockthered1286

    You say my comment is idiotic, but I do follow the Ravens. Here are there inside linebackers:
    Arthur Brown, Daryl Smith, Josh Bynes, Jameel McClain, Albert McClellan.

    So Hall may not make the 53 man roster unless they carry 6 ILB’s which is not guaranteed.

    The depth chart for OLB’s are: Suggs, Dumervil, McPhee, Upshaw and Simon.

    The Ravens have unbelievable depth at the LB position. That is why I made the comment I did, which I do not think was idiotic. If you disagree with me, that’s OK, but please don’t be rude. Notice I’m not calling you stupid for your comment.

  16. scoobies05 says: Jul 11, 2013 9:15 AM

    our qb is a superbowl mvp….whats your qb done lately

  17. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 11, 2013 12:05 PM

    Stoogy, that was some quality trash talk, thumbs up from crown.

    I was even in agreement until you up until the last 2 sentences. But even jmf thinks you sound foolish calling Joe Check-down better than Ben. Joe will never be elite, Ben’s been for a while. That was real close to a great post though.

  18. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 11, 2013 12:29 PM

    “But even jmf thinks you sound foolish calling Joe Check-down better than Ben.”

    Naughty naughty, Crown. 15 yards for putting false words in my mouth. The Honorable and Elite Joe Flacco is a class act both on and off the field. Roethlisbooger? Neither. Enjoy your final season with him. After week 17 (or sooner), the only Big Ben left standing will be the clock.

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