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Giants claim defensive end Alex Hall off waivers from the Eagles

Published: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 4:55 PM     Updated: Thursday, July 29, 2010, 9:26 PM
hall072910.jpgFormer Browns linebacker Alex Hall, shown here rushing Giants quarterback Eli Manning in 2008, has been claimed by the Giants. He'll play defensive end in their 4-3 scheme.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday the team determined Alex Hall is better suited to play linebacker in a 3-4 than defensive end in a 4-3.

Clearly, the Giants feel differently.

The Giants claimed Hall off waivers from Philly Thursday afternoon. The former 2008 seventh-round pick of the Browns was traded from Cleveland to Philly in April as part of the Sheldon Brown deal. The Eagles obviously didn't like what they saw from Hall in their defensive scheme this spring and therefore waived him before veterans reported to camp in Lehigh.

"I think Alex Hall will be a very good outside linebacker in a 3-4 front," Eagles coach Andy Reid said, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. "We worked him as a linebacker, and also worked him as a defensive end. After the evaluation, we just felt like his best thing would probably be a 3-4, and I think Alex can definitely play in this league and be very successful, he's just got to get into the right situation."

The Giants say the 6-2, 250-pound Hall will be a defensive end - at least for now. They'll likely try to find a way to use him in a pass-rushing role after he recorded three sacks with Cleveland in 2008, including a sack of Eli Manning in a Browns blowout victory.

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The other move the Giants made to gain a roster spot was one that was expected. They waived rookie safety Chad Jones, who's currently recovering from a serious car accident. The move was done with the intention of placing Jones on the reserve/non-football injury list if he clears waivers.

Jones will be officially done for the season once he lands on the reserve/NFI list. Also, the Giants will be under no obligation to pay him anything, though they will probably take care of him in some form or fashion.

9:24 p.m. UPDATE I want to clarify the above statement. If Jones lands on NFI, he Giants are under no obligation to pay him his 2010 BASE SALARY ($320,000). His signing bonus of $850,000 is his to keep.

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scotthawaii July 29, 2010 at 5:37PM

I kind of feel bad for Tollefson... with JPP and now Hall added to the mix it puts more pressure on him. I'm not counting Tolley out though, the guy works too hard.

It's a good thing roster's are capped, otherwise we'd be seeing 10 more DEs and LBs brought in for camp at this rate.

On a side note for NJ.com - these session time outs are too short, you need to lengthen them please. We're typing in our comments, getting the session time out message, and losing our comments in the process which really ticks me off.

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nmelinesfan July 29, 2010 at 5:52PM

What I've learned to do is when I think I'm close to my time expiring I "sign-out" and then resign-in before I start. I admit that it's frustrating but there's always away around obstacles. Works more times than not but yeah I've lost some "goodies" due to this situation.

Glad to see the Giants adding more depth at DE. This isn't a capped year so the more the merrier.

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scotthawaii July 29, 2010 at 6:52PM

I try to remember to copy my comment too before hitting post, but then there is always that time I forget, hit post and lose it. Argh! I wouldn't have a problem signing in once a day, but having to login every hour is a pain.

lol, it just happened agan, luckily I copied what I had written.

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nmelinesfan July 29, 2010 at 7:20PM

That's a good idea too Family. I'll remember to lock that in.

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nyGiants July 29, 2010 at 7:34PM

We have alot of DEs. Why not try him at strong side LB? He can compete with Tracy for a roster spot...

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bluemidgets July 29, 2010 at 8:56PM

MG-I believe he's 6'5" 250lb .

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Spyder7777 July 30, 2010 at 12:47PM

I am really excited about this recent flurry of roster additions. And you can't complain about getting a guy like this off of waivers. I remeber when the Eagles traded for this guy and they obviously wanted him considering what they gave up. And the more compatition on the D-line the better. I think complacancy really killed this line last year. Thats not going to be the case this year.

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