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Rams DE Hall expected to put Quinn under wing

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Dan Arkush

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By Dan Arkush

Don't underestimate the influence of Rams veteran DE James Hall in the development of rookie Robert Quinn, a great natural talent who probably has more to learn at the pro level than most of his first-round counterparts after sitting out his final year in college because of an NCAA-imposed suspension. The way we hear it, the Rams wouldn't mind at all if Quinn and Hall, who is coming off the best overall season of his 11-year career (team-leading 10½ sacks, career-high six forced fumbles), become attached at the hip in a manner of speaking — both on and off the field.

"They will not expose Quinn on run downs, but I see him playing right end in most passing situations — which would get him on the field 50-60 percent of the time — with Hall sliding inside," one daily team observer said. " 'Spags' (head coach Steve Spagnuolo) loves having as many disruptive ends on the field as possible. That was his claim to fame with the Giants."

As for Hall, while he shows no real signs of slowing down after registering two sacks in three different games last season, he did turn 34 in early February and figures to benefit from a bit more judicious usage with Quinn on board. An exceedingly hard worker who regularly shows up early and stays late at Rams Park, Hall also figures to be a perfect mentor for Quinn moving forward.

"He's a soft-spoken guy but a pro's pro," the observer said of Hall. "He's a lot like Leonard Little was. The players all respect him."   

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