Veteran cornerback Leon Hall is visiting the New York Giants on Wednesday, per a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. Hall is then expected to make a decision between the Giants and Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent the first nine seasons of his carer.
The Giants had Hall in for a visit in early May, and obviously still remain interested in the 31-year-old slot corner.
Here is what SB Nation’s Cincy Jungle told us about Hall back when the Giants first expressed interest:
What he offers: Leon Hall is still a very technically sound player with a good football IQ. He's been reduced to a nickel CB, but that role still sees about 60 percent of the total snaps, and he's still one of the best nickel corners in the league. He's physical, presses well and offenses should never throw wide receiver screens in his direction. Hall is still one of the best tackling corners in the NFL today. Hall has also rotated into safety for some packages and has practiced there in training camp. I think he could extend his career a few years as a safety and nickel CB.
Concerns: Concerns with Hall are due to past injuries. It's amazing that he's come back from two Achilles injuries, but they have severely slowed him down. His top speed is almost all but gone and he doesn't have the short area quickness he once had. Hall is at his best in zone coverage and shouldn't be put outside in man coverage. His ball skills have largely been average throughout his career and combined with his lack of speed, it makes Hall a liability on deep passes.
In addition to the Achilles issues, Hall had offseason back surgery.
The Giants are apparently still interested in adding to their depth at corner. Trevin Wade is the only real experienced slot cornerback they have. The big three of cornerbacks for the Giants is, of course, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Janoris Jenkins and first-round pick Eli Apple. It looks like DRC will generally be in the slot when all three are on the field together, but the Giants are apparently looking for more options.
Would you like to see Hall join the Giants?