When defensive lineman Bryan Hall learned that he had made the Ravens' 53-man roster, he didn't celebrate.
"It felt good, and it's a true blessing," Hall said. "It shows that hard work does pay off."
However, Hall didn't relax because now he's set a new goal one year removed from spending his rookie season on the Ravens' practice squad.
Inactive for the Ravens' 44-13 win over the Cincinnati Bengals along with rookie defensive lineman DeAngelo Tyson, Hall is trying to do enough to convince the coaching staff to activate him for his first regular-season game.
"The grind don't stop," Hall said. "There's always something to work for. I'm nowhere near satisfied."
Listed on the depth chart as the top backup to Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata, Hall faces a tough numbers game to get activated.
The Ravens went with five active defensive linemen against the Bengals: starters Ngata, Ma'ake Kemoeatu and Pernell McPhee and backups Terrence Cody and Arthur Jones.
"I can't be mad at anybody," Hall said. "There's great dudes in front of me. I'm learning by watching Haloti, who might be the best player in the league. I make sure my technique stays sound and focus on everything to make sure I give them a great look every day."
Undersized at 6 feet, 291 pounds, Hall's quickness and power are the hallmarks of his game.
At Arkansas State, Hall was an All-Sun Belt Conference selection who recorded 125 tackles, 27 1/2 tackles for losses and 17 sacks for his career.
"I can definitely pass rush, whatever they ask me to do," Hall said. "I'm down for whatever the team needs."
During the Ravens' preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams, Hall lined up at middle linebacker for a half.
"Man, that was fun," Hall said. "That's not my regular position, but I liked playing it."
Hall primarily plays a five-technique defensive tackle spot behind Ngata, but feels like he could play nose guard in a pinch or line up at defensive end.
"I'm lighter than those guys, I'm built more for pass rushing," Hall said. "I can hold it down wherever they need me."
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