Exhibitionist: Selvin Young is Andre Hall's John Oates

Oh, here he comes

Watch out boys he'll chew you up

Oh, here he comes

Hall's a goal-line eater...

In Lucifer Shanahan's kingdom of evil, Andre Hall has the look of a menacing vulture.

Against Dallas last Saturday the second-year quarter horse supplanted starter Selvin Young on several crucial short-yardage downs, including carries inside the ten. Hall plunged in from the one for Denver's only rushing TD of the night (See highlights here). So far, he's totaled 67 yards on 15 carries (4.4 YPC) in exhibition play.

The second-year back from South Florida has quietly carved out a significant role in Shanahan's proposed committee. Although diminutive in size (5-foot-10, 212-pounds), Hall oozes grit. Last year, he grinded out 98 yards and a touchdown on 26 muddy carries against Chicago, playing much of the game on a badly sprained ankle.

His deceptive power, tenacity, plus burst and versatility are admirable qualities. Because Young's slashing style and rubber-burning wheels are more suited for action in-between the 20s, Hall is quickly emerging as Denver's de facto goal-line option.

Shanahan has been impressed with the 26-year-old's (Note: Coincedentally, today is Hall's birthday) steadfast work ethic telling the Denver Daily News August 20:

"Hall has looked good and has improved a lot since last season. There is some great competition. The different guys have certain strengths, and I'll be interested to see more of how they will do when it's their turn."

Jay Cutler also reflected positively on Hall:

"He is hard to take down, and you got to love his attitude out there. The running back battle is heating up. All of those guys get in there and get the ball and make something happen."

Eerily reminiscent of 2006's 'Tolling of the Bells', it appears Hall is slated to reprise the role of Mike Bell. In a timeshare with "Taco" Tatum Bell that season, the junior Bell was used exclusively in 'power' situations, totaling 835 yards and eight touchdowns on 177 touches (157 rushes, 20 receptions).

Yes, Lucifer's treachery is legendary. And for that reason no Denver back should be trusted as a No. 2 in 12-team leagues. But because of Hall's visible toughness and presumed red-zone role, he's likely the most fantasy desirable player out of the entire Broncos lot, especially with rookie Ryan Torain a possible IR candidate.

Collectively, Denver backs rushed 66 times in the red-zone last season, near the top in the league. Based on Shanny's commitment to pounding the ball inside the 20, Hall should be vaulted up draft boards if he solidifies his position as goal-line gremlin with a strong effort against Green Bay Friday.

Hall, owned in a microscopic 17 percent of Yahoo! leagues and selected on average at pick 168.1 per Mock Draft Central, is a minimum-risk, high-reward back. It's not inconceivable he yields similar value as Pittsburgh's Rashard Mendenhall this season.


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