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Pitt product Darrin Hall picked up by Cincinnati Bengals

The former Pitt running back was cut by the Cleveland Browns

NCAA Football: Penn State at Pittsburgh Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Former Pitt running back Darrin Hall was waived by the Cleveland Browns on Monday after the conclusion of the team’s rookie minicamp. However, the Cincinnati Bengals announced they had claimed Hall off waivers on Tuesday, and their rookie minicamp gets underway on May 10.

Hall initially ended up with the Browns after he was not selected in the 2019 NFL draft in April. He concluded his college career by rushing for 1,144 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2018 and was projected as a potential late-round draft pick by and other websites tracking draft developments.

In Cincinnati, Hall joins fellow Pitt product Tyler Boyd, who was selected by the Bengals in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft and became a key figure on the team last season amid star receiver A.J. Green’s absence.

However, to play alongside Boyd on a more permanent basis, Hall will have to beat out sixth-round draft picks Trayveon Williams and Rodney Anderson to earn a roster spot. He will then have Joe Mixon, Giovani Bernard and Quinton Flowers ahead of him at running back on the Bengals depth chart.

Hall is a native of Youngstown, Ohio, and he played at Austintown Fitch High School in the Youngstown area before coming to Pitt. He finished his collegiate career with a total of 2,189 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.