NY Jets’ rookie cornerback Bryce Hall is expected to make his NFL debut in Week 9.
The NY Jets have made a host of roster moves ahead of their Monday night showdown with the New England Patriots in Week 9 and the most notable of which was the activation of rookie cornerback Bryce Hall to the 53-man roster.
Aside from Hall being activated, the Jets announced that they had signed quarterback Mike White to the active roster, placed tight end Trevon Wesco on injured reserve, and elevated tight end Ross Travis and defensive lineman Tanzel Smart to the active roster.
Hall was drafted by the Jets in the fifth round of the 2020 NFL Draft after a standout career at Virginia. Many saw the talented cornerback as an early Day 2 selection before a devastating ankle injury cut his senior season short.
The same ankle injury that caused his draft stock to plummet also kept him out for all of training camp as well as the first eight weeks of the season. Hall was placed on the non-football injury list to start the year, but was designated to return a few weeks back.
Now, after undergoing extensive rehab for months, he’s set to make his NFL debut tonight against the Patriots.
The Jets will surely welcome back a player who many feel could be the steal of the entire draft. With the likes of Blessuan Austin and Pierre Desir having inconsistent seasons, it wouldn’t be surprising to see Hall in the starting lineup at some point.
The release of Quincy Wilson this weekend opened up the opportunity for Hall to be activated.
The NY Jets also made a handful of other transactions not related to Bryce Hall.
White was signed to the active roster from the practice squad because Sam Darnold is set to miss this week’s game with a shoulder injury.
The team has already used up both of White’s temporary promotions so if they want to send him back down to the practice squad he’ll have to pass through waivers.
The Jets also have fourth-round rookie James Morgan on the active roster, although he’ll likely be a game-day inactive once again.
Wesco lands on IR after injuring his ankle in practice this week. The 2019 fourth-round pick has failed to make an impact again in his sophomore NFL season and has just one catch for five yards on two targets in 2020.
Travis was promoted to take his place and the former Kansas City Chiefs tight end is a very intriguing player with an interesting background. A former college basketball star, Travis hadn’t played football in eight years before earning a tryout with the Chiefs in 2015.
The 27-year-old has played in 24 career games split between the Chiefs and Indianapolis Colts hauling in 14 receptions for 142 yards.
Smart was a sixth-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and has played in 31 career games — all with the Rams. He was signed to the Jets’ practice squad around a month ago.
But, of course, this biggest news here is that Bryce Hall is expected to make his NFL debut tonight. And that’s one thing that every Jets fan could get excited about.