Vikings rookie quarterback Jaren Hall pushing himself as he learns basics
The football jumps out of Jaren Hall’s hand. There’s no doubt about that.
Watch him throw and it’s not hard to figure out why the Vikings selected the 25-year-old quarterback in the fifth round of last month’s draft.
Now the key for Hall is familiarizing himself with the offense as soon as possible. He got the playbook shortly after being drafted and crammed as much as he could ahead of rookie minicamp. He got a chance to showcase his knowledge over the weekend as he and dozens of other players descended upon TCO Performance Center in Eagan.
Asked for his biggest goal coming out of rookie minicamp, Hall emphasized that he simply wants to get a little bit better every day. He knows if he can do that he will put himself in a good position moving forward.
“Just get comfortable with some of the basics,” Hall said. “The fundamentals within the offense are a little different than what I’ve done in the past.”
Because of that, Hall has already made it a priority to stay late with quarterbacks coach Chris O’Hara, as well as assistant quarterbacks coach Grant Udinski.
“There’s a lot of stuff I’ve got to work on,” Hall said. “I think it can be a lot better and I will be a lot better. That’s always the goal every day no matter what. Never get complacent.”
That mentality is something head coach Kevin O’Connell appreciated about Hall in his interactions with him.
“I’m a big fan,” O’Connell said. “I love the way he came out and commanded a group of guys that are learning a bunch of information for the first time.”
As a former quarterback himself, O’Connell always finds himself gravitating toward the position on the practice field. He joked that he had to pick his spots throughout rookie minicamp so that O’Hara and Udinski could do their job.
“I tend to maybe overdo it sometimes,” O’Connell said with a laugh. “I’ve got some great coaches and I want to let those guys form that initial relationship.”
There were some ups and downs from Hall as he worked through rookie minicamp. As much as Hall looked comfortable throwing, for example, his timing with receiver Jordan Addison was a little bit off in their limited reps together. That’s to be expected so early in their respective careers.
“This is our first time throwing together,” Addison said while crediting Hall for the touch with which he throws the football. “That’s going to come with time.”
Maybe as soon as next week. With some players already in the Twin Cities for organized team activities, Hall will get a chance to throw with veteran quarterbacks Kirk Cousins and Nick Mullens next week.
How does he feel about the fit with the Vikings so far?
“The best there could be,” Hall said. “We’ve got a lot of veteran guys I can learn from when they’re back around. We’ve also got a lot of great talent around me right now with the young guys. This weekend is about meshing and finding our place and getting comfortable.”
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