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REDSKINS NOTEBOOK: Hall shrugs off Cutler’s minor barb
ASHBURN—Jay Cutler said Thursday that DeAngelo Hall, who picked off four of his passes in a game in 2010, is “another guy.”
Hall, the Washington Redskins’ cornerback, had all four interceptions in the second half of a 17–14 victory over the Chicago Bears in Week 7. He returned the second interception 92 yards for a touchdown, but didn’t gain any yards on any of the three other interceptions.
Cutler, speaking to Chicago-based reporters, did not elaborate on his answer. When asked if he had any other thoughts on facing Hall again, Cutler said he didn’t.
“I am just another guy,” Hall said after the Redskins’ practice Thursday afternoon. “It’s not me versus Jay. It’s the Washington Redskins versus the Chicago Bears. They’re playing good football. We’re trying to get a win in our stadium.”
Hall has intercepted only nine passes in the 37 regular-season games since then. He doesn’t think that there will be any kind of carryover from that game into this one.
“Not for me,” he said. “I can’t go into the thinkings of Jay Cutler, but for me personally, I feel good about the matchup. I feel good about the things we’re trying to do defensively, scheme-wise. A little bit different personnel they have. A lot more weapons. He probably feels good with his guys. We feel the same way. We feel we can definitely make some plays against those guys, so this will definitely be a challenge Sunday, but we’re looking forward to it.”
Hall, who has one interception this season—a 17-yarder he returned for a touchdown against the Lions on Sept. 22—is coming off a strong performance against the Cowboys in which he held their top receiver, Dez Bryant, to just 34 yards on five catches.
“I thought DeAngelo Hall played a heck of a game last week, and it’s another opportunity for him to shine,” defensive coordinator Jim Haslett said. “He showed that he can do it against a really, really great receiver. Now that we saw it on tape, I want to see it every week now.”
Cutler, for his part, told reporters that the Redskins’ defensive backs are “good guys.”
“They’re a veteran group,” Cutler said. “They’re not going to give you anything easy. They do a really good job in the zone of route reading and knowing where the receivers are going to go. It makes it hard. You just have to be on it.”
CONNECTION WILL BE MADE, SHANAHAN INSISTS
Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan said he’s not worried about the miscommunication between receiver Pierre Garçon and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Garçon caught only six of 15 passes thrown to him on Sunday, most notably cutting his route short when Griffin threw long on the third-from-last offensive play of the first half.
“It’s something that happens, but it’s not something that you just don’t worry about, because it is a big deal,” Shanahan said. “You’ve got to make sure that when you signal to a guy, the wideout has got to keep their eyes on the quarterback—and the quarterback has got to make sure they see them.”
David Amerson was again limited in practice Thursday afternoon as he recovers from a concussion sustained Sunday.
“He did some drill work,” head coach Mike Shanahan said. “No contact. He passed his tests. He’ll be tested every day and go through the protocol, and if he passes his tests each day, he should be ready to go.”
The league’s concussion protocol dictates that the rookie cornerback not return to a full practice until Friday, assuming he’s passed all of his tests. He’s still uncertain if he’ll be able to play against the Bears.
“I really won’t know until after Friday but as of right now, everything’s looking good,” Amerson said.
Tight ends Logan Paulsen (sprained right knee) and Fred Davis (sprained right ankle), center Will Montgomery (unspecified knee injury), cornerback Jerome Murphy (unspecified ankle injury) and nose tackle Chris Neild (strained right calf) were not limited in practice.
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