Defensive tackle Bryan Hall is one of the most outgoing players in the Ravens locker room, but as he enters his second year in Baltimore, he is optimistic that he can make some noise on the field, too. After spending the 2011 season on the practice squad, the 23-year-old hopes to crack the 53-man roster and earn a role in the defensive line rotation starting next week, when training camp opens at the team’s facility in Owings Mills.
Hall, whom the Ravens signed as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Arkansas State last summer, was a regular participant in the team’s offseason program, and he feels his productive offseason will soon pay off.
“If I’m going to try to make the team, I need to be up there [at the practice facility] as much as possible,” Hall said Monday afternoon. “Show my face and let them know how serious I am about making the team.”
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Like the rest of the team’s second-year players, Hall didn’t have the benefit of an offseason a year ago, and he was trying to play catch-up all spring. He says he now has a better grasp of Baltimore’s defensive scheme.
Hall believes he can be yet another playmaker on this defense if he gets the opportunity. At 6 feet and 295 pounds, he thinks he can bring explosion and quickness to the defensive line. But first things first -- he has to earn a spot in a crowded competition that includes veterans Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Ryan McBean, seventh-round draft pick DeAngelo Tyson, and undrafted rookies such as Ishmaa'ily Kitchen andNicolas Jean-Baptiste.
“There is where you make the team, right now,” he said.
Hall spoke to reporters Monday after he volunteered as a guest coach at Ed Reed’s youth football camp. He had crammed himself into a vest belonging to Reed. Asked about the vest, he jokingly expressed frustration that he didn’t get a free camp T-shirt then took a playful jab at Reed, saying he better have one Tuesday.
“I’m expecting one [Tuesday] or I might hold out myself, you know what I’m saying?” Hall said, grinning.