As the Bengals approach the NFL Draft, there probably won't be a bigger acquisition in this year's draft class than having a healthy Leon Hall back and ready for the start of training camp.
Speaking to the media today, Hall maintained that his rehab is still on schedule and he's targeting the beginning of training camp as his return to the field:
"Ever since I was able to get out of the cast and start rehabbing we've kind of taken that approach to it," Hall said. "When I get to training camp, everything in between was to make sure not only that my Achilles is ready but that the rest of my body was conditioned. The last thing I want to do is go in there and be a step behind some other guys as far as conditioning or how they are physically."
Hall said he's now able to do most movement-related activities that involve putting pressure on the previously-torn Achilles, the second time now he's had this injury, though this one being the opposite side:
"I feel pretty comfortable pretty much doing anything, whether it's straight ahead, lateral type stuff, jumping, landing," Hall said. "I'm pretty good to go with almost everything.
"It's the same injury but you have to try to keep them separated. Just because I was doing something with my left foot doesn't mean I have to be doing it with my right foot at a certain amount of time of the rehab or whatever it may be."
Getting Hall back will be a much-needed boost to a secondary that figures to be upgraded with a cornerback drafted early this year.
Hall's 23 career interceptions ranks fifth all-time in Bengals history. He's just 2 behind Lemar Perrish (25) at No. 4 and 8 behind David Fulcher (31) at No. 3.