One of the major reasons that the Bengals need to address the cornerback position in this year's draft is because they need to find a long-term replacement for Johnathan Joseph, but another reason is they need some depth behind Leon Hall, who is recovering from a season-ending Achilles rupture. It's hard to say whether or not Hall will be back at 100 percent when the season starts, but even if he is, the smart money says he may not quite be the same, at least not yet.
However, just four months after his season-ending injury, Hall has been back on the field backpedaling and doing other drills on his surgically repaired ankle and he says that it feels much better than it did just a few weeks ago.
"When they say nine to 12 months, I didn't think I'd be back on the field running at four months and doing drills," Hall said. "But I'm backpedaling, doing the cones. I actually feel pretty good. I feel better than I did three to four weeks ago. The Achilles feels stronger than it did a month ago. It's not where it needs to be, but I can feel it coming along."
Hall's improvement is a good sign for the Bengals who will desperately need him on the field when the season starts. He's by far the team's best cornerback and without him the Bengals may be with a rookie and 32-year-old cornerback Nate Clements.
Hall definitely believes he's going to be on the field when the season starts. He said that he thinks he'll be better than he was when he got hurt last season. Hopefully he's right.