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

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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NY Jets, Bryce Huff
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1. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets

Bryce Hall isn't the only "Bryce H" who has performed at an elite level for the Jets. And much like Hall, I'm not sure most people realize just how incredible Bryce Huff has been through four weeks.

Huff has been one of the best edge rushers in football by pretty much every metric. He's played at the level of the likes of Myles Garrett, T.J. Watt, and Joey Bosa.

And no, that isn't an exaggeration.

Huff is fourth among all qualified edge defenders in pass-rush win rate behind only Watt, Bosa, and Garrett. At the same time, he's also third in run-stop win rate behind just Sam Hubbard and Cameron Jordan.

That's right, not only has Huff been a top-four most efficient pass rusher in football, but he's been a top-three most efficient run stopper. Jadeveon Clowney is the only other player to rank in the top-10 in both categories.

Huff ranks in the top-four in both.

No matter what your definition of elite is, that has to fall under that category. His 79.7 PFF pass-rush grade is good for 14th among all edge defenders ahead of the likes of Nick Bosa, Von Miller, and Robert Quinn.

He trails just Garrett, Chandler Jones, and Quinn in sacks when rushing from the right side (all but two of his pass-rush snaps have come from that side) with three.

By all accounts, Bryce Huff has not only been one of the best pass rushers in the NFL in 2021, but he's also been just as effective in run defense.

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Just imagine this Jets defensive line with a healthy Carl Lawson. Even without Lawson, however, Huff has been elite through the first four weeks of the season.