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Vipers Training Camp: Day 3

#22 Rannell Hall in his first training camp as a defensive back

HOUSTON -- When Rannell Hall makes a big catch, it's usually a big play for the offense. But on Tuesday morning, when he leapt into the air and came down with the ball, it was a big defensive play. 

That's because, after a long career at wide receiver, the 6-foot-1-inch Hall is now trying to make his name as a defensive back. 

"I pretty much felt like it was my calling," Hall said. "I always knew I've been good on both sides of the ball."

Hall said that he had been waiting for the right opportunity to make the switch.

After playing college football at UCF and spending three seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Cleveland Browns and Atlanta Falcons, he thought the time was right with the Vipers.

"I spoke with Coach (Marc) Trestman and he believed in me and gave me the opportunity," Hall said. "I appreciate him for that."

Trestman originally kept Hall at wide receiver throughout most of the team's minicamp in December, but then decided to follow through on his player's request.

"We moved him over to defense because he did all the right things on offense," Trestman said. "He set the tone... the type of character we want our players to have... and now he's going to have an opportunity to make this team. We're excited for him."

"I pretty much felt like it was my calling."

Rannell Hall on making the switch from WR to DB

Hall's teammate in the secondary, cornerback Herb Waters, is familiar with the transition. When he was with the Green Bay Packers, he also made the switch from wide receiver.

"He's been coming along very well," Waters said about Hall. "He's fast, long, patient, and all that ties into being a good defensive back."

Safety Robert Priester echoed those sentiments.

"It looked natural for him," Priester said. "He's smooth out of his transitions... great hands... and obviously he can judge the ball because he played receiver. I think he'll do great."

The other big development in the XFL on Tuesday -- the announcement of the rules. If you want to get up to speed, click here for all the information.

In the meantime, we will be back tomorrow with coverage from Day 4 of Vipers Training Camp.