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Raiders GM Calls Out Defensive Tackle P.J. Hall

Jason Schandl
Raiders' GM Mike Mayock called out P.J. Hall in an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine.
Raiders' GM Mike Mayock called out P.J. Hall in an interview at the NFL Scouting Combine. / Tim Warner/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders are undergoing more than just a change in scenery as they move away from Oakland this offseason. They're facing a potential QB change, and there are some new additions to the coaching staff, which could bring in a bit of a culture change for some players.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock pulled no punches in highlighting the changes that new defensive line coach Rod Marinelli is going to bring to the table, directly calling out defensive tackle P.J. Hall.

Heading into his third NFL season, Hall started 12 games in 2019, recording 26 tackles and 1.5 sacks. The 2018 second-round pick played 551 snaps on the season.

The Raiders' defense was one of the worst in the NFL, checking in at 31st in Football Outsiders' defensive DVOA metric. That came with a 30th-ranked pass defense, but a less-terrible 21st-ranked run defense.

Interestingly, Hall seemed at times to be one of the few bright spots on that side of the ball, and Pro Football Focus gave him a solid overall grade of 70.1 — ranking second among the five Raiders' defensive tackles that played at least 100 snaps on the season.

Given Hall's impressive play, this may have just been a motivational tactic to try to get him to step his game up to the next level.

If there have been legitimate concerns about his effort, though, it looks like he's going to be expected to get that cleaned up immediately if he wants to continue to have opportunities to make an impact in 2020.

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