3. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets
Bryce Huff was already expected to take on a larger role in 2021, but that role grew astronomically once star defensive end Carl Lawson was lost for the season.
Huff has stepped up and assumed a starting role in his place — and he hasn't disappointed.
Through three games, Huff's 71.9 PFF grade is good for the third-best player on the Jets and the 33rd best edge defender in the NFL. He's particularly excelled as a pass rusher with an excellent 78.7 pass-rush grade that ranks 18th out of 101 qualifiers.
Huff's biggest impact came in Week 1 when he finished with three pressures including two QB hits and an elite PFF pass-rush grade of 84.9.
Since then, his production has tapered off a little with his worst game coming this past week against Denver, but he's still been a productive pass rusher even if the sacks aren't there yet.
Huff's already matched his QB hit total from a year ago, has nearly 50 percent of his total stops from 2020, and has recorded more than 33 percent of his total pressures from last season in just three games.
The former Memphis standout looks like a future building block of the defense. While he may never develop into a star, he's a productive player who should only get better as the weeks go on.