1) Introduction: A former linebacker at Boise State, Korey Hall was converted to fullback by the Packers after they selected him in the sixth round of the 2007 draft. Hall started 10 games in his rookie season, and caught eight passes for 49 yards while contributing on special teams. Over the next two seasons however, Hall only started a combined 10 games at fullback and dealt with a number of injuries. Durability has been a concern, and Hall missed 12 games in his first three seasons (2007-’09).
His signature moment might be when he caught his first and only touchdown of his career in Week 1 of the 2008 season against the Minnesota Vikings. Hall’s catch was also the first touchdown pass for Aaron Rodgers as the Packers starting quarterback. Interestingly enough, Hall has never carried the ball in his 48 career games in Green Bay.
Korey Dean Hall
Height: 6-1 Weight: 230 lbs.
3) Expectations coming into the season for that player: Low. Hall is probably the least-known and least-respected member of the Packers fullback trio, and there were few people who were talking about him coming into the season. Many suspected the physical blocking of Quinn Johnson to take hold of the fullback position, and John Kuhn was considered a more versatile offensive player.
However, that didn’t mean that Hall was without value coming into the season.
He’s never contributed much offensively, but Hall is an underrated and important part of the Packers special teams unit. From 2007-2009, Hall led the Packers in special teams tackles. The unit has struggled over those years, but Hall was expected to contribute to the turnaround of the special teams.
4) Player’s highlights/lowlights: As a player who touched the ball twice the entire season (two catches for 11 yards), very few highlights or lowlights exist for Hall. Even so, his 17 special teams tackles led the team.
5) Player’s contribution to the overall team success: Hall began the season as the Packers starting fullback, but his playing time slowly gave way to John Kuhn and Quinn Johnson. While limited offensively, Hall found other ways to help the Packers during the 2010 season. He was arguably the Packers most important special teams player behind Jarrett Bush, and his 17 tackles on that unit led the team.
6) Player’s contributions during the 6-win end-of-season run: Almost zero. Hall played in only two games during the stretch (vs. New York, vs. Pittsburgh), and his two-yard catch in the Super Bowl was the only stat he registered. In all fairness to Hall, a lingering knee injury hampered him during the final run.
Finally, the Packers chose not to tender Hall after the season, making him an unrestricted free agent once (or if) the NFL and the NFLPA agree on a new CBA.
Season Report Card:
(B-) Level of expectations met during the season
(C+) Contributions to team’s overall success.
(D) Contributions to team’s success during the playoff run (last 6 games)
Overall Grade for the year: C-——————
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