NY Jets: 4 players who have exceeded expectations in 2021

NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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NY Jets, Bryce Hall
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2. Bryce Hall, CB, NY Jets

Michael Carter II isn't the only Jets cornerback to exceed expectations in 2021. Teammate and position-mate Bryce Hall makes it onto this list as well.

Hall was given the unenviable task of being the Jets' No. 1 cornerback going into this season. It was a role many questioned if he was ready for after the former fifth-round pick played just eight games as a rookie.

Hall was one year removed from being a Day 3 pick, and while he did fall in the draft due to injury, there was still no guarantee that the former Virginia star would be able to fill the role he was being asked to in 2021.

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However, Hall has taken his opportunity and made the absolute most of it. And at the moment, he's playing like a legitimate No. 1 cornerback.

Hall's 72.5 coverage grade ranks seventh-best among all qualified cornerbacks (minimum 80 percent of coverage snaps). He's been flagged just one time this season — only two qualified players haven't been penalized at all.

Only D.J. Reed of the Seattle Seahawks has allowed fewer receptions among qualified cornerbacks than Hall has. And he was almost single-handily responsible for Ja'Marr Chase's worst game of the season.

In his previous seven games before facing the Jets, Chase had never recorded fewer than 54 yards and was averaging 108 yards per game. Hall held him to three catches for 32 yards.

Bryce Hall is the real deal. There's no doubt he's exceeded expectations this season.