The NY Jets have claimed former third-round defensive end Daeshon Hall off waivers.
The Jets have been searching for pass-rush help for the better part of two decades now. For that reason, the organization is never one to pass on any potential help at the edge rush position. And they’ll be hoping that Hall fits the bill.
A third-round pick of the Carolina Panthers back in 2017, Hall has had a tumultuous NFL career to this point, primarily due to injury misfortunes. Hall excelled at Texas A&M and it was no surprise to hear his name called on Day 2 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
However, the Washington native played just one game in his rookie season before landing on injured reserve with a knee injury. That one game would be the only one he’d end up playing as a member of the Panthers.
Carolina surprisingly waived him the following summer in favor of a pair of undrafted rookies following a disappointing training camp and preseason. He was quickly scooped up by the San Francisco 49ers and added to the team’s practice squad.
From there, he’d spend time on both the Houston Texans active roster and practice squad before the Eagles signed him in early December. Hall appeared in three games down the stretch with Philadelphia recording the first half sack of his career.
But it was the following summer where he really made his mark.
The NY Jets are getting a former preseason standout in Daeshon Hall.
Seen as a longshot roster candidate, Hall outplayed the likes of Shareef Miller, Joe Ostman, and Josh Sweat to earn his way on to the 53-man roster against all odds. Amazingly, he led all Eagles players in sacks (4), tackles for loss (4), QB hits (11), and forced fumbles (3) in the preseason.
Hall would go on to play in nine games in 2019 battling an injury to his shoulder and what was described as a stinger. As a result, his playing time was diminished but he still picked up the first full sack of his career as well as a tackle for loss and a pair of QB hits.
Unfortunately, tragedy struck when Hall would tear his ACL on the final play of the 2019 season. It was a devastating blow to a promising young pass-rusher who the Eagles were quite excited about.
He spent all offseason rehabbing but was eventually released off the PUP list once he returned to full health. And the Jets, looking for a replacement for the recently-injured Kyle Phillips, pounced at the opportunity.
Huff and Basham have flashed at times this season and the Jets are still intrigued by Zuniga, but Hall is a talented player in his own right and will likely push for playing time.
It never hurts to add another young pass-rusher into the mix and Hall has the draft pedigree and talent to be a worthwhile addition. He just has to stay healthy.