Prior to a Week 6 matchup with Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, cornerback DeAngelo Hall talked about how his approach to defending the budding star had changed.
Hall told CSN Washington he respected Bryant’s growth enough to end the jawing in between whistles.
“There’s no mind tricks or no talking [trash] back and forth, it’s really going out there and try to compete Ultimately you need to either go out there and knock it out or he’s going to catch it. That’s kind of how it goes.”
Bryant responded in kind during the week, telling the Dallas Morning News he kept quiet against Hall.
It’s a respect between me and him. Last game that we played, we didn’t say a word, as far as disrespect. It was more, ‘Let’s go. Let’s play.’ Basically competing against one another.”
Against Dallas on Sunday, Hall will respectfully try to replicate the game he had against Bryant in October.
A week after Bryant torched the Denver Broncos’ secondary with 141 yards receiving and two touchdowns, Hall held Bryant to 36 yards and kept him out of the end zone.
Bryant is catching fire again just in time to face Hall. After failing to score and falling short of 100 yards receiving for three straight weeks in November, Bryant has caught a touchdown past in his past three games.
Last week against Green Bay, the wideout put up season highs with 11 catches for 153 yards.
Hall said he knows he’s the key to keeping Bryant quiet on Sunday.
“(He’s) a guy who’s been ripping it up these last couple of weeks, a guy that a lot of teams put two guys on to try to stop. A lot of times he still makes the play. (He’s) definitely a guy who will make a lot of plays and give me an opportunity to make some plays hopefully.
“We’re going to go out there with a game plan similar to last time, and I’m going to be called on to stop him.”
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