Green Bay Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst apparently has a thing for acquiring running backs. On Saturday, Gutekunst added a second back to the roster in as many days, having signed free agent Corey Grant on Friday.
Saturday’s addition is Darrin Hall, whom the Cincinnati Bengals recently waived. ESPN’s Field Yates first reported the waiver claim. Hall was eligible for the 2019 NFL Draft, but went undrafted and signed with the Cleveland Browns as an undrafted free agent. He was waived three days later, however, landing with the Bengals as a waiver claim. Now he is a Packer and will presumably be in attendance for Sunday’s practice.
While Grant is a smaller back, Hall stands just shy of 6-feet tall and weighs about 217 pounds. He played his college football at the University of Pittsburgh, where he ran for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns as a senior while averaging 7.5 yards per carry. Hall totaled 2,189 yards and 21 scores on the ground in his carer, adding 38 catches for 267 yards and another touchdown as a receiver.
As for his athletic testing, Hall appears to be a nimble back who has decent top-end speed, but lacks a bit of burst. According to Draftscout.com, Hall ran the 40-yard dash in 4.52 seconds at Pitt’s Pro Day, but had just a 1.60-second ten-yard split. He then had good agility times (4.03-second short shuttle and 6.94 in the 3-cone drill) but just a 32-inch vertical.
To make room for Hall, ESPN’s Rob Demovsky reports that the Packers are waiving undrafted rookie Larry Williams, an offensive lineman from Oklahoma State University. Williams, an interior lineman, had a long road ahead of him to the active roster this fall, given the NFL experience of the players ahead of him on the depth chart.
The team will be back on the practice field at 10:15 AM Central Time on Sunday.