Lions plan to release wide receiver Marvin Hall a month after his first 100-yard game, report says

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Marvin Hall, whose Week 8 breakout game earned him a berth in the Detroit Lions starting lineup, will be released by the team, according to Mike Garofolo of NFL Network. The Lions, who recently fired coach Matt Patricia and general manager Bob Quinn, would like to give their young receivers more playing time in the future.

The 27-year-old Hall was not drafted in 2016 after recording just 25 catches in four years in Washington. Hall was taken over by the Raiders before ending his rookie season with the Cardinals. In 2017, Hall started the season with the Falcons’ practice squad before being activated a month after the start of the regular season. In his first regular-season game, the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Hall caught his first NFL pass, a 40-yard touchdown by Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan. The following season, Hall was active in each of the Falcons’ 16 games, catching 10 passes for 149 yards and a touchdown.

Hall spent most of the 2019 offseason with the Bears before joining the Lions practice squad in September. He played nine games last season before a foot injury ended his season prematurely. In the Lions’ loss to the Colts in Week 8, Hall caught four of seven targets for 113 yards. His performance that day, along with Kenny Golladay’s hip injury, earned him a berth in the Lions’ starting lineup for the next four games, as he caught 10 of 15 targets for 121 yards and a affected during this period. In 11 games, Hall has already set career highs with 17 receptions for 290 yards and two touchdowns. For his career, Hall caught 36 passes for 760 yards and five touchdowns averaging 21.1 yards per catch.

With the NFL trade deadline long past, teams that need a catcher will surely do their homework when it comes to Hall. The Patriots, Dolphins, Eagles, Browns and Packers are among the teams that might need help receiving.

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