Chiefs receiver Chad Hall has heard the Wes Welker comparisons, and he understands his diminutive stature hes listed at 5 feet 8 and 187 pounds isnt the only reason he gets them.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
I dont know if its every short (guy), Hall said with a chuckle. Its every short white guy.
That said, the fourth-year pro from Air Force who was claimed by the Chiefs off waivers from the 49ers last week has no problems being compared to the Denver star.
After all, Welker, who is listed at 5 feet 9 and 185 pounds, has posted five 10-catch seasons since 2007.
No, that doesnt bother me, Hall said. Look at him, hes been probably the most productive receiver of the last five years. Hes an awesome player, a great player. Thats a compliment to me.
Hall knows he has a ways to go before he can start putting himself in Welker's class. For his career, hes caught 14 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and hes still trying to establish himself as a reliable NFL target.
Hall is optimistic hell get a chance to do that for Chiefs coach Andy Reid, who coached him in Philadelphia for the better part of the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
Its a very good fit, Hall said. They use a lot of slot guys, and thats where Im best.
One thing working in Halls favor is his prior experience with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. Hall spent parts of November and December on the 49ers practice squad last season, so he knows what its like to be Smiths teammate.
Hes very smart, a student of the game, Hall said. He recognizes coverages very quickly, so hell get you in the right play.
Hall said Smith is also good about delivering the football in rhythm.
If youre running a route, if you get bumped or something, youve got to shorten your route a little bit because hes going to be on time with the ball, Hall said.
Turns out Hall also has another connection with an NFL quarterback. He said his sister, former University of Georgia cheerleader Kelly Hall, has been dating Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford since his college days, and he even fielded a congratulatory call from Stafford shortly before the 49ers Super Bowl game against the Ravens last season.
When asked what his sister would do if Halls team ever went against Staffords the Chiefs and the Lions do not play this year, by the way Hall was confident hed have his sisters support.
Shed root for me blood is ticker than water, you know? Hall said with a laugh. Thats obvious.
Toub happy with special teams
Special teams coordinator Dave Toub recently declared his intention to continue using rookie running back Knile Davis as a kick returner, but he also spoke about kicker Ryan Succop, punter Dustin Colquit and the state of his other units Thursday.
The guys are playing hard theyre buying into what were doing, Toub said. The kickoff coverage has been solid.
The good thing is we have a kicker that can kick touchbacks pretty much at will. Thats a nice thing. Early in the preseason, we had him just trying to bloop them down there so we could test our coverage and they did a good job of that. Punt coverage has been good.
We had the best punter in the league. The kicker and punter, they make your coverage units, and when you have those two guys, youre going to be pretty good.
Toub didnt seem to be too concerned about having to adjust the personnel on some of his units due to the roster shuffling the Chiefs underwent last weekend, when they waived six players and added seven to the roster.
Its part of being a special teams coordinator you have to deal with guys going down all the time, thats just part of it, Toub said. The NFL, its brutal. You have to do whats best for the Kansas City Chiefs and that happened to be whats best.
Still, Toub expressed optimism that he has the necessary weapons to make the Chiefs special teams formidable.
You could have a good system, but if you dont have the players running the system in the NFL, youre going to get burned, Toub said. We have a good young group of guys that are really enthusiastic about special teams and we have a head coach that preaches special teams and gives me a lot of time to get these guys ready, so all those things combined helps us become pretty good.