“Bookworm” Bryce Hall

June 4th, 2024

Newcomer is impressing. And no, it’s not Antonio Brown.

Joe has tried to warn fans that “the preacher” is also a baller.

When the Bucs signed free agent cornerback Bryce Hall, who was buried on the depth chart of the Jets’ super-stout defense, Joe dove into the 2021 film of when Hall was a starter.

Tampa Bay’s 26-year-old veteran looked damn good, and Joe has plenty of company in that opinion.

Other than the Jets having better outside corners than Hall the past two seasons, Joe couldn’t find a reason why Hall was on the bench, even among angry Jets fans.

Todd Bowles addressed today what he’s seen of Hall of the past six weeks.

“Very intelligent player, doesn’t make the same mistakes twice. He’s a bookworm,” Bowles said of Hall. “He brings it to the field every day. You’re not going to beat him mentally. Physically, he’s been where he’s supposed to be right now. So it’ll be great to see him in pads but he’s doing an excellent job.”

As for being a “preacher,” that’s what Jordan Whitehead called Hall on SiriusXM NFL Radio, noting how Hall was a religious leader in the Jets’ locker room where the two were teammates in 2022 and 2023.

Hall talked about his friendship with Whitehead today.

Will Hall get a 100 percent fair shot to challenge Zyon McCollum for the starting cornerback job opposite Jamel Dean? Joe’s not sure about that, but given how Jamel Dean finds injuries, Joe expects to see plenty of Hall on the field this season.

And that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

19 Responses to ““Bookworm” Bryce Hall”

  1. Kalind Says:

    Very VERY deft move on Lichts part. It’s this kinda of depth that’s critical to long playoff runs

  2. Jake been there since the beginning Says:

    One day one of the bigger bosses came out to our job site, he got everybody gathered in one of the garages and said, I have one question to ask, how many of you come here just for the paycheck?? There have been a few in recent years that came here just for that. Tom Brady was always about his offense, and really if he would have called his own plays when they needed it at times. There should have been 2 Superbowls but in the end even Brady couldn’t force his own will on those last couple of games. Go Bucs!!!! All the haters are really just scared cause we got a team.

  3. Dude Says:

    Not that Bryce said Bowles scheme is the opposite of the scheme he came from and allows for the player to do more in terms of working with more techniques

  4. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Feeling really good about the secondary this year. We have quality starters and depth.

    We were pretty low in pass yards given up , and 8th worst in YPA, but were middle of the pack in TD’s given up and INT’s created. I feel like a lot of that was due to no pass rush and Neal giving up a lot of big plays.

    We lost Davis but added 2 starting caliber FA’s in Whitehead & Hall, plus the other guy to compete at nickle, and then drafted Tykee Smith in R3.

    Even if Zyon is a drop off from Davis, I think overall we’ve upgraded significantly just between the new depth & Whitehead. And 24′ Zyon could easily be an improvement over 23′ Davis.

  5. drdneast Says:

    Unlike Devin White, I don’t think McCollum or Dean are house pets of Bowles. If Bowles thinks Halls is the better player, that’s who he’s going to start.

  6. drdneast Says:

    Unlike Devin White, I don’t think McCollum or Dean are house pets of Bowles. If Bowles thinks Hall is the better player, that’s who he’s going to start.

  7. RBUC Says:

    I hope Zyon takes a leap playing extremely well this upcoming season and Hall digs into Deans playing time 🚩☠️!!

  8. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Defense should be much improved this year. Looking forward to it.

  9. JimBobBuc Says:

    Preacher is a sleeper pickup by Licht. PFF has him graded out better than Zion and CD3. His allowed passer rating of 39 was much better than Zion at 84 and Dean at 111. It seems like Preacher needs to work on tackling with a 13% missed tackle rate, worse than Zyon and Dean at 8% and 3%. Let’s see his tackling when the pads go on.

  10. Rob H Says:

    Dean is made of paper. Hall should see plenty of opportunities to get on the field.

  11. J Says:

    “He doesn’t make the same mistake twcie” …that’s about all you need to know.

  12. Fatboy Says:

    They need to move Dean to nickel he’s not a number one or number two cornerback

  13. garro Says:

    Joe I would not say Dean is a lock. Basicly refusing to work on his craft is not a good look. NFL=Not For Long Mr Dean!

    Go Bucs!

  14. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Hall will get a lot of playing time because Dean is soft.

  15. SlyPirate Says:

    Hall or Zyon as the starter doesn’t matter. What matters is we have a solid 3rd CB and back up for Dean.

  16. David Says:

    Between Dean, Zyon, Hall, Izien, and rookie Smith, the Bucs are looking good with depth at the 2 CB positions and nickel slot. It is just a matter of who steps up the most between Izien, Smith, and Hall.
    Regardless, a passing league and injuries will dictate they all see the field a lot.

  17. Dave Pear Says:

    This dude will start opposite Dean. Book it.

  18. Jarrett Says:

    I been telling Yall Bryce hall is probably our best corner

    Super Bowl or bust

    It’s a bucs life

  19. 1#bucsfan Says:

    While dean has missed plenty of time he’s still our #1 corner. He’s best at man vs man. As long as bowels plays to our guys strength dean will be fine until injury. Depth will be tested as it is with every team. Like what we have in hall an zyon but to say those guys are better than dean is crazy. Dean still a huge part of helping shut down the gauntlet of QBs the Bucs saw during that SB run. Hall comes from a diff system he will need some time to learn a new defense. Most player say biwles defense is very complex. Zyon still has a long way to go. The talent is there but he’s comes from a small school and is developing nicley for what a 5th or 6th rd pick but he’s deff not taking over dean.