New role gives Hall first touchdown

The fullback was playing tight end when he made his first career touchdown reception.

Korey Hall rarely touches the ball. And if not for getting a crash course in playing tight end, he probably wouldn't have scored his first NFL touchdown on Monday night.

With the Packers trailing 3-0 and facing third-and-goal from the Vikings' 1-yard line, the Packers lined up with three tight ends and two running backs. With only two tight ends on the game-day roster, the coaches lined up Hall as a third tight end — Jermichael Finley's spot — to the right of the formation.

When the play broke down, quarterback Aaron Rodgers shuffled to his left to buy time. As he was about to get sacked, Rodgers let loose a perfect pass to a well-covered Hall, who made a diving catch for the touchdown.

"Sometimes on plays like that, people try to make a play," said Hall, Rodgers' third read on the play. "You can call it luck or skill or whatever you call it, but he was able to get the job done."

The touchdown probably prevented Rodgers from having a sleepless night. He set up the score with a perfect bomb to Greg Jennings, only to miss a wide-open Donald Lee in the end zone one play later.

"That was an important pass for me," said Rodgers of his first regular-season touchdown pass at Lambeau Field. "I was pretty ticked about missing Donald Lee a couple plays earlier. They covered Donald Lee and John Kuhn in the flat, and somebody grabbed my leg, so I was trying to kick out of it and I was kind of off-balance when I threw it, but Korey made a really nice catch for me."

The catch was just the ninth of Hall's career, a second-year pro who played linebacker at Boise State. So, even after an impressive and clutch grab, he knows his role isn't likely to expand greatly.

"You can tell how many I had last year," Hall said with a laugh.

Bill Huber is editor of Packer Report and PackerReport.com. E-mail him at packwriter2002@yahoo.com

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