3. Cameron Clark and Bryce Hall will start a handful of games for the NY Jets
The Jets were bitten by the injury bug in training camp this year, but thankfully, they escaped mostly unscathed. However, two players who won’t be ready for Week 1 are Cameron Clark and Bryce Hall — two members of their rookie class.
Clark is dealing with a shoulder injury and was placed on injured reserve while Hall is still sidelined as he recovers from a serious ankle injury that he suffered nearly a year ago. Both players will miss at least the first three weeks of the season.
Now, on the surface, this doesn’t appear to be a huge loss. After all, neither was expected to start in 2020, barring injury.
But what if I told you that even in spite of their respective injuries, each player will still end up starting a handful of games in 2020? That’s exactly what I’m predicting right here.
Of course, this requires both players to return to full health relatively soon — Hall’s injury definitely being more concerning. But if healthy, the opportunity could be there.
The duo of Alex Lewis and Greg Van Roten at guard is uninspiring and it wouldn’t be shocking to see one replaced at some point this year by Clark. The former Charlotte tackle is being transitioned to a full-time guard role and the Jets could try him out early if either Lewis or Van Roten struggles.
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As for Hall, the fifth-round pick was expected to be in the race for the No. 2 cornerback job in training camp if he was healthy. Unfortunately, he never managed to get on the field. But when healthy, there’s no questioning his talent.
Both Pierre Desir and Blessuan Austin have extensive injury histories so expecting both to be healthy for all 16 games is a stretch. Hall would have to surpass the likes of Quincy Wilson and Arthur Maulet on the depth chart, but it’s not impossible.
Perhaps Hall can even pull off something similar to what Austin did last year.
Either way, don’t be surprised to see Cameron Clark and Bryce Hall in the starting lineup by the end of the season.