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DeAngelo Hall Is A Little Angry With EA Sports

Posted by Matt Terl on June 1, 2009 – 2:27 pm

As I mentioned earlier, cornerback DeAngelo Hall was practicing like a man possessed today.

I had seen the news late last week that Hall’s rankings had taken the biggest drop of any player’s in this year’s edition of Electronic Arts’ wildly successful Madden football videogame, plummeting 25 points from a 93 to a 68. And I had seen Hall’s angry comments about that ratings hit on his Twitter feed.

So it didn’t take a genius to put together the aggressive, enthusiastic display on the practice field with the Twittered frustration, and after practice Hall confirmed my suspicions. Read more »

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Monday, June 1: On The Field For The Return Of OTAs

Posted by Matt Terl on June 1, 2009 – 1:26 pm

Some impressions from today’s practice, the first of this session of OTAs on a glorious, beautiful day. Days like this make the 98 degree, 100% humidity days that are coming during training camp sound even less appealing.

Absent from today’s session — which is optional, after all — were Carlos Rogers, Kevin Barnes (out with a 103 degree fever, according to Coach Zorn), Clinton Portis, LaRon Landry, Mike Sellers, and London Fletcher. Rookie FB Eddie Williams was doing light work with the trainers as expected; he continues to rehab his predraft injury.

One thing really struck me today: it’s obvious what the primary storyline for this OTA — and probably the remainder of this offseason — is going to be.

It’s not the second-year wide receivers, although that would certainly be a reasonable guess. They’ve both been talking optimistically all offseason, and as of today they appear to be living up to it. Devin Thomas continues to seem like a totally different guy from last season, more focused, more determined, and also notably bigger.

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