With the Bucs traveling to Arizona this week to face the Cardinals, it’s not just one game between two teams. It will also be a matchup of two college teammates, with Bucs rookie defensive lineman Logan Hall lining up against Cardinals tackle Josh Jones.
This will be a familiar dogfight for the two as they fought in the trenches as Houston teammates in 2018/19. After speaking with him after practice, Hall looks forward to meeting Jones on Sunday.
“That’s my husband first and foremost,” Hall said. “I’m excited to see him again and compete against him like I used to. I am excited about that.”
Hall comes “close”
Josh Jones is a young player who wants to take more opportunities, similar to Hall. Jones has moved up to a starting spot as injuries have plagued the Cardinals offensive line. As of Week 10, he has been a starter for them and is their top-rated lineman, according to Pro Football Focus.
Hall has really yet to get some starting shots himself, but he’s shown potential. In limited snaps this season, he’s picked up 2.5 sacks and shown the athleticism to stand up for anything.
Commenting on both Hall and outside linebacker Joe Tryon-Shoyinka Wednesday, head coach Todd Bowles said Hall is developing and “coming around the second half of the season.”
Hall looking forward to seeing Jones
On Sunday, Hall will likely get a chance to take on Jones and hopefully win a few replays against him. Back in Houston, he also had to wait his turn to get a chance.
“Every day I played against [Jones]. He was two years older than me, he was kind of the big guy on campus, and I did scouts and things like that. Finally, I was bumped into when I wasn’t on the practice team. I played against him and he was always very good, so I’m looking forward to seeing him again.”
Just like in college, he could be bumped down the Bucs’ defensive front as a starter in the future, as big changes looms as soon as next season.
But for now, this will be a unique sub-story to follow. This is the first time they’ve faced each other since 2019, but they’ll soon remind themselves of each other as they head into the line of scrimmage on Sunday.
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