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NY Jets: 10 bold, optimistic predictions for the 2021 season

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8. The NY Jets' cornerbacks step up

Going into Week 1, it is apparent that the biggest hole on the roster in terms of talent is the cornerback position. As previously mentioned, Blessaun Austin was cut, leaving Bryce Hall as the veteran in the inexperienced secondary.

The idea was, through the offseason, that the Jets would add a veteran cornerback to help place a band-aid over the gaping hole at such an important position.

When that didn't happen, it was thought that the tenacious pass rush combination of Carl Lawson and Quinnen Williams would ease the burden.

Of course, we know how that will go, as Lawson was lost for the season due to injury. While it's easy to throw up your hands and try to accept the fact that the corners are going to get burnt like toast, this prediction is calling for the opposite.

Bryce Hall could be severely slept on. Despite being predicted as a second to third-round pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Hall fell to the Jets in the fifth round — an absolute steal at the time.

Cornerback is one of the hardest positions to adjust in the NFL, meaning we could see a glimpse of what's to come in 2021 for Hall.

Provided he takes a huge leap, Hall could be the catalyst to a strong secondary. The other corners that will need to step up are Brandin Echols, a 2021 sixth-round pick, and undrafted free-agent signing Isaiah Dunn.

Dunn showed promise in training camp, yet struggled in the preseason, though that didn't seem to matter much, as he made the 53-man roster.

Is this prediction saying that the Jets will have a No Fly Zone secondary that locks down the likes of Tyreek Hill and DeAndre Hopkins? No. But what we are predicting is they can at least stop the bleeding that New York has witnessed over the last few seasons.

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