Height/Weight: 6’6″/315 lbs.
Age: 27/Experience: 3
College: Weber State
Analysis: What David Hale lacks in talent, he makes up for in versatility. Hale is the only Ravens offensive lineman that backs up the tackle, guard and center positions. Hale also puts in his time playing special teams as well.
He likes to hit people and is willing to do whatever the coaching staff asks of him, making a valuable member of the Ravens. These are the qualities that keep Hale on the roster. Hale, unfortunately, is buried on the depth chart behind more talented teammates, but he keeps finding his way onto the field because he can fill a lot of roles. Hale has had some injury problems over the passed two season, which are hopefully behind him.
2010 Outlook: In Hale the Ravens coaching staff knows what it has. He is a team first guy who will do what he is asked to do. Coach Harbaugh has to love his willingness to play special teams. The Ravens have some opportunities for playing time on the offensive line at the right tackle spot, but Hale is most proficient at playing guard. Unless there are injuries to guys like Ben Grubbs, Marshall Yanda or Chris Chester, Hale is unlikely to see much playing time on the offensive line. If Ravens fans hear about David Hale too much, that could be a bad thing, but he can contribute as a important part of special teams play.
The Detroit Lions looked strong in the 2008 pre-season going 4-0. Not sure if that means anything.
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