EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Defensive end Daeshon Hall kept saying that "there is always room for improvement" and that, no doubt, is true for a player who, one year ago, was cut by the Carolina Panthers and faced an uncertain NFL future. What is also indisputable is that Hall was one of the most productive players for the Eagles' defense in a 2019 preseason that ended with a 6-0 loss to the New York Jets, and that Hall did a lot of good things in his bid to make the team.
Hall added another quarterback sack and a forced fumble – along with three quarterback hits and two total tackles – to his impressive four-game résumé, giving him four sacks and three forced fumbles, and, he hopes, a place on the 53-man roster.
"I'm not worried about nothing. I feel like it's already written," Hall said. "I feel like whatever God has in store for me, I'll be ready for it. At the end of the day, I just try to control my controllables and that's me practicing hard and me going hard on the field when the lights come on. That's what I try to worry about.
"I feel like I did a lot, but there's always plays that you wish you could have back, your technique and stuff like that. I just tried to give my best effort."
Hall said it would be "easy sleeping" until the Eagles reduce the roster from 90 players to 53 at the 4 p.m. Saturday deadline. The Eagles figure to have had three defensive ends penciled in on the 53-man roster heading into the preseason finale – Brandon Graham, Derek Barnett and Vinny Curry – with Hall battling with Josh Sweat and Shareef Miller for another one or two (three?) spots.
Acquired late in the 2018 season off of Houston's practice squad, Hall played in three regular-season games and two postseason contests for the Eagles, seeing limited time as a defensive end and showing his athleticism on special teams. A big offseason gaining weight and strength helped Hall when the pads went on, and he enjoyed a terrific preseason.
Now comes the unsettling and unpredictable couple of days before the Eagles reduce the roster.
"I played hard and I improved. There were some opportunities I missed out on, but I left it all on the field," he said. "My confidence level was high and I feel like I got better in the run and pass game. I felt like I showed up in this league and that I can play a little bit. I'm excited for my next work opportunity to get better."
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