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Chiefs receiver Hall takes Welker comparisons in stride

Updated: 2013-09-07T01:11:07Z

By TEREZ A. PAYLOR

The Kansas City Star

Chiefs receiver Chad Hall has heard the Wes Welker comparisons, and he understands his diminutive stature – he’s listed at 5 feet 8 and 187 pounds – isn’t the only reason he gets them.

“I don’t know if it’s every short (guy),” Hall said with a chuckle. “It’s 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 doesn’t bother me,” Hall said. “Look at him, he’s been probably the most productive receiver of the last five years. He’s an awesome player, a great player. That’s 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, he’s caught 14 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s still trying to establish himself as a reliable NFL target.

Hall is optimistic he’ll 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.

“It’s a very good fit,” Hall said. “They use a lot of slot guys, and that’s where I’m best.”

One thing working in Hall’s 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 it’s like to be Smith’s teammate.

“He’s very smart, a student of the game,” Hall said. “He recognizes coverages very quickly, so he’ll get you in the right play.”

Hall said Smith is also good about delivering the football in rhythm.

“If you’re running a route, if you get bumped or something, you’ve got to shorten” your route ”a little bit because he’s 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 Hall’s team ever went against Stafford’s – the Chiefs and the Lions do not play this year, by the way – Hall was confident he’d have his sister’s support.

“She’d root for me – blood is ticker than water, you know?” Hall said with a laugh. “That’s 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…they’re buying into what we’re 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. That’s 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, you’re going to be pretty good.”

Toub didn’t 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.

“It’s part of being a special teams coordinator – you have to deal with guys going down all the time, that’s just part of it,” Toub said. “The NFL, it’s brutal. You have to do what’s best for the Kansas City Chiefs and that happened to be what’s 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 don’t have the players running the system in the NFL, you’re 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.”

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor.

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