Houston Texans: Signing P.J. Hall could pay huge dividends for the team

Houston Texans defensive tackle P.J. Hall (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
Houston Texans defensive tackle P.J. Hall (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) /

The Houston Texans have signed defensive tackle P.J. Hall to the roster to help with the depth on the defensive line. This signing could pay huge dividends.

Houston Texans‘ fans — training camp has begun for the team and they’re now toiling away at the NRG Stadium complex with their hopes pinned on a successful start to the NFL season next month.  The franchise has already announced that its home opener will be without any fans come Sept. 20, to which it was definitely something that I expected.

Possibly if things get better with the United States reining in COVID-19 later in the fall, then that might change but my prediction is that we won’t see fans at the stadium AT ALL for the 2020 season and I’m willing to make a strong bet on that.

But all bets are off for 2021 as a lot can change one year from now so let’s hope we can all get back to that point of cheering on our team back at the stadium or on our televisions at home or a sports bar.

In the spirit of Liberty White-Out Day, which is reserved for the home opener when the team breaks from the traditional Deep Steel Blue jerseys for home games, I’ll be wearing my white-colored Houston Texans’ gear while watching remotely and hopefully, you’ll do the same as well.

All I’m hoping is that the NFL does all that it can to keep the players as safe as possible because they’re already ascertaining risk by teams playing in their home stadiums so here’s to hoping that the coronavirus stays under control.

But anyway, the Houston Texans recently made themselves a signing recently and that was for defensive tackle P.J. Hall, who was recently cut from the Oakland Raiders.

Hall, a Texas native from Seguin, just outside of the San Antonio area, is back in his stomping grounds where he played his collegiate ball at Sam Houston State, overwhelmingly one of the program’s most successful alumni.

In fact, he was a second-round pick — 57th overall — back in the 2018 NFL Draft so one has to wonder why the Raiders gave up on him so fast with a guy that had so much potential?

Take a look at this clip to get a preview of what this guy can do (and you’ll see a nice run-stop on Carlos Hyde when the teams faced each other last season):

Some will say it was his work ethic, some will say that the level of professional talent has engulfed his ego but more importantly, I think Hall just needs a fresh start in new surroundings and what not better way to rejuvenate one’s career than to be in familiar territory once again?

If things were normal, I could only imagine that amount of people in his family that would want tickets to home games just to see him do work in their own backyard.

Hall will now have that opportunity to do that.  He’s extremely explosive, yet undersized and he’s

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not only a capable pass rusher but a just a solid of a run-blocker as well.  I think he’d be extremely valuable, especially with the loss of D.J. Reader to the Cincinnati Bengals and I think he can complement J.J. Watt, Whitney Mercilus and Brandon Dunn quite well.

He’s only 25-years-old so the potential for him to still have success in this league is ripe and I know that Anthony Weaver has had his eye on him, ready to pounce as soon as he’d be available.  Every coach thinks he can “fix” a player and I think that can happen here in Houston.

He’s a monster out of the field and he makes it his mission to cause as much disruption to the play unfolding at hand as much as possible.

But despite all of the hype out of college where he absolutely dominated, he still hasn’t yet lived up to it in the pros and here’s a perfect opportunity for him to do that.

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Bill O’Brien thinks Hall still has a lot of work to do to get acclimated to the system but he seems to give a notion of optimism.

Hall has amassed 48 tackles — 18 solos — 1.5 sacks, along with five tackles-for-loss and three quarterback hits through 30 games — 18 starts — over the first two seasons of his career (2018-19).