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NY Jets: 4 players performing at an elite level so far in 2021

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
NY Jets, Bryce Hall / Al Bello/GettyImages
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NY Jets, Bryce Hall
NY Jets, Bryce Hall / Al Pereira/GettyImages

2. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets

I don't think many people realize just how good Bryce Hall has been to start the 2021 season. Sure, it's a small sample size and he hasn't exactly faced the NFL's best wide receivers.

But Hall has played like one of the best cornerbacks in football through four weeks. And that's something no one could have seen coming at the start of the year.

Among cornerbacks with at least 80 percent of coverage snaps played, Hall has allowed the second-fewest receptions and yards of all qualified players, per PFF — and by a significant margin too.

Only Casey Hayward of the Las Vegas Raiders has been in Hall's ballpark this season. Hall has allowed just seven catches through four games. No other qualified player aside from Hayward has surrendered fewer than 10 catches.

On top of that, Hall has allowed just 100 receiving yards which, again, is second-best only to Hayward.

Not only has Hall succeeded at a high rate when targeted (he ranks third in completion percentage against with a 50 percent rate), but he's barely even being targeted in the first place.

Among cornerbacks with at least 80 percent of coverage snaps, only Hayward has been targeted fewer times. Quarterbacks have thrown Hall's way just 14 times through four games for a rate of 10.7 coverage snaps per target (also second in the NFL behind Hayward).

Hall has been a complete shutdown cornerback in every sense of the term through the first four weeks of the season.

Quarterbacks are rarely looking to attack him, and when they do, they're turned away at a higher rate than almost every player in the NFL — with the exception of Hayward and William Jackson III.

Bryce Hall has been a top-10 cornerback through four weeks. And that might even be too pessimistic of a ranking.

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