2. Breece Hall, RB, NY Jets
Breece Hall was everything the Jets needed and more. Had it not been for the ACL injury last year, the Jets probably would have made the playoffs, and Hall would have won Offensive Rookie of the Year over teammate Garrett Wilson. Hall showed why on Monday night.
On the first Jets play from scrimmage for the year, Hall took a carry off the left side for a massive 26-yard run after it looked like he was hit at the line of scrimmage. The crowd exploded. Everything seemed right. Then the Jets threw the ball the next three plays, and disaster happened.
That said, Hall single-handedly kept the Jets relevant Monday night for large portions of the game. Everyone in the building knew when he was out there, he was getting the rock. And yet, every time he touched it, magic seemed to happen.
On his second carry of the game and with the Jets pinned deep already down 3-0, Hall took a carry off the right side, made multiple defenders miss, and raced down the sideline for an 83-yard pickup. Had it not been for his lack of conditioning, it would have been a touchdown.
Hall finished with 10 carries for 127 yards and also added a 20-yard catch. The Jets only finished with 267 yards of offense, and Hall was responsible for 147 of them.
If Hall and Dalvin Cook can stay healthy, they truly form the best running back duo in the NFL and should really help Wilson gain some confidence early in the year. The balance should also help both stay healthy throughout the season and be beneficial for a playoff push later this year.