It Is About Relationships

August 11th, 2015
Relationships brought WR Rannell Hall to the Bucs.

Relationships brought WR Rannell Hall to the Bucs.

Since Joe started this here corner of the Interwebs, Joe has heard how the NFL is about relationships (so too with the fourth estate). And that sure seems to be the case.

In fact, it is because of relationships that the Bucs may have found a sleeper wide receiver.

Rannell Hall has been doing what Bucs coach Lovie Smith wants from players in training camp: getting noticed.

The undrafted free agent has been getting a lot of reps with the first team offense and has yet to embarrass himself.

Prior to the draft and at the NFL Scouting Combine, Hall, out off Central Florida, began to develop a bond with Bucs wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker. The two hit it off. And when Hall, after the draft, was left groveling for work, that relationship paid off when Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht came calling looking for rookie free agents.

“I was close to [Hayes-Stoker],” Hall said. I was close to him since the Senior Bowl. We built that relationship. I felt my heart belonged here.”

Hall also noted how his respect for Lovie played a factor. So, too did former Bucs receiver Keyshawn Johnson. Hall, from South Florida, grew up watching NFL games with his mother and fostered an inclination to watch Keyshawn when he played for the Bucs, and sort of followed the Bucs in a casual way.

So it all added up to a relationship that seems to have placed Hall with a not-so-long shot at making the final-53.

13 Responses to “It Is About Relationships”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    I watch UCF games every week and Hall was a consistent performer that was overshadowed by the star power of Perriman. Love seeing him making the most out of his opportunity with us.

  2. ga. buc fan 39 years Says:

    Ask Geno Smith about relationships out 6-10 weeks with a broken jaw

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    Dude was stupid enough to break the jaw of the starting QB. Incompetent Lovie can’t even be that foolish to bring that guy here.

  4. Stanglassman Says:

    Doug Williams would play through it.

    Hall would round out this WR really nice. I’m guessing by the end of camp no one will be describing our WR group this season ‘thin’.

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    I’d like to see Hall stick with the Bucs also. UCF had a good team, a top offensive competitor in the revamped Big East, now the AAC. Meanwhile USF, a conference member also, is expected to be improved this year in this make or break season with Taggert as coach. Go Bulls! McElwain at Florida is a good offensive coach and will make the Gators a contender again, most certainly. The other two big schools, aw who cares!

  6. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    @Couch Fan – Rannell Hall did not break Geno Smith’s jaw.

    It was IK Enemkpali who sucker punched him.

    New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith posted the above photo to Instagram right after being sucker punched by former teammate IK Enemkpali.

    The blow from Enemkpali broke Smith’s jaw and will sideline the quarterback for 6 to 10 weeks.

  7. Capt.Tim Says:

    Word is- Geno was yelling at him, then crossed locker room, and poked Ik the chest
    Guess The guy went all samoan on him. Knocked him out. Broke his jaw in two places

    Id sign Ik. Why not. You poke me in the chest, while up in my face?
    As my history has proven- i dont care who they are. Boom boom! Out go the lights!

    We sign Ik, and every time we play Geno- hes gonna have urine issues! Lol

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    NFL network is reporting the “poked Ik” story

    Guess Geno shoulda kept his mouth shut, and his fingers to himself, lol

  9. McBuc Says:

    Capt. Maybe, but Geno will continue an NFL career while IK just lost 500k in salary, and will most likely never play again. He is not good enough for another chance.

  10. Couch Fan Says:


    I know who it was. I just posted on the wrong article. Was replying to another post on the previous article.

  11. Fsuking Says:

    It’s basically the immortal Russell Shepard vs Hall for that last spot. Then it’s Murphy v. Hall for that slot position. Bell is not a true slot receiver and should not be used as such.

  12. Brett Says:

    Jackson, Evans, Murphy(?), Kaelin Hall, Kenny Bell make the game roster maybe? Then This Hall and Robert Herron duke it out for the 6th spot and the other goes to the practice squad.

  13. unbelievable Says:

    Love. This!

    As a UCF alum I watched Hall his whole career, pretty clutch receiver. Not a burner but tough as nails with really good hands and deceptive movement. I’ve been pulling for him since I heard we signed him as an UFA, stoked to hear he keeps impressing the coaches!

    Go Kinghts! Go Bucs!