3 standouts and 2 duds from third NY Jets open-media OTA practice

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Dud: Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets

It wasn't long ago that Bryce Hall seemed like a future building block for a young Jets defense. Just a year or two later, Hall finds himself fighting for a roster spot this summer. His performance so far in OTAs has done him any favors.

Hall was toasted on a deep ball from Rodgers to his former teammate in Green Bay, Malik Taylor earlier in the week. The video showing the completion went viral and certainly didn't help Hall's standing with the Jets fan base.

Things didn't get much better for Hall on Tuesday. The Virginia product had a "rough start" to practice, which included him misplaying an underthrown deep ball from Zach Wilson to undrafted rookie Jason Brownlee.

Wilson's pass fluttered in the air, but Brownlee was able to make an adjustment to come back to the ball. Hall never got his head turned around, resulting in a big gain.

More performances like this one certainly won't help Hall earn a spot on the 53-man roster this summer.

Standout: Carl Lawson, DE, NY Jets

Carl Lawson was seen as a potential cap casualty for the Jets entering the offseason. Instead, Lawson agreed to take a pay cut to remain with the organization. Now two years removed from his tragic torn Achilles, Lawson feels better than ever.

He wasted little time reminding everyone what he's capable of on Tuesday, blowing past second-year offensive tackle Max Mitchell for a sack on the first play of practice.

Lawson looks quicker and more muscular than he did a year ago — if the latter is even possible. He told reporters on Tuesday that he lost “quite a bit of fat” this offseason.

Lawson didn't even start running until the summer last year after suffering a setback in his rehab process. Despite this, he still played all 17 games, even if he wasn't at full strength.

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The Jets are optimistic that Lawson can return to his dominant pre-injury form this season, and his performance so far this summer certainly suggests that might happen.