Detroit Lions: The Marvin Hall decision is minor but still one to question

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The Detroit Lions inexplicably decided to waive speedy receiver Marvin Hall.

First off, who is currently making the roster decisions for the Detroit Lions since firing general manager Bob Quinn?

I suspect it’s a combination of interim head coach Darrell Bevell and Kyle O’Brien, who serves as the teams’ vice president of player personnel. Undoubtedly team president Rod Wood remains involved before a final decision is made. Still, it’s somewhat of a murky situation knowing Wood’s lack of involvement in the day-to-day football operations.

I suspect O’Brien, along with Wood, is taking Bevell’s advice before reaching final roster decisions. Still, after cleaning house, the Lions are in a difficult spot for decision-making over the last five weeks of the season.  Wood himself had mentioned in the past he’s not exactly a ‘football’ guy, but provides the organization with financial stability.  Wood acts as a CEO; he’s in charge of Ford Field, marketing, business partnerships, concerts, etc.  Basically, Wood is in charge of everything but the product on the football field.

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It’s a bit faulty at the moment, knowing the organization is operating without an active general manager.  Decisions are definitely more of a joint effort, which leaves the recent release of Marvin Hall in question.

Let’s not overreact here; Marvin Hall is a fourth or fifth wideout but with the team already minus Kenny Golladay and no other real deep threat or pass-catcher that can stretch the field, waiving Hall remains a mystery.

The 5-foot-10 speed demon has had a bad case of the drops during the 2020 season.  So far, Hall has suffered four drops on 29 targets, along with making 17 receptions totaling 290 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Hall’s four drops are by far a career-high after not dropping one ball last season and just two total over his first two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons.

The Detroit Lions certainly hope to take a good look at rookie pass-catcher Quintez Cephus over the last few weeks of the 2020 season, and removing Hall from the equation defiantly helps that cause.

I don’t have any real issue with the Detroit Lions cutting Hall, but they decided to keep Mohamed Sanu, another possession receiver.  With Golladay injured and Hall released, veteran Marvin Jones remains the lone deep threat, but he’s not quite as dynamic as he once was.

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So keeping Sanu over Hall at this junction of the season doesn’t seem like the best decision, but then again, we’re talking about depth receivers on a four-win team.