4 best-kept secrets on the NY Jets roster entering the 2022 season

NY Jets, Bryce Huff
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2. Bryce Huff, DE, NY Jets

The Jets have such a deep defensive end group that some players are bound to be overlooked. But behind the likes of Carl Lawson, John Franklin-Myers, and Jermaine Johnson sits a lesser-known former undrafted free agent who might be more efficient as a pass rusher than any of them.

We're talking about Bryce Huff.

Huff was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2020 NFL Draft and he quickly made it clear that he should never have gone undrafted. Over the last two seasons, Huff has transformed into a very efficient pass rusher.

It's fair to wonder just how successful he may have been last season had he not been limited to nine games due to injury. Prior to his injury, Huff ranked among the league leaders in pass-rush win rate, up there with players like T.J. Watt, Myles Garrett, and Joey Bosa.

He's looking to prove that his pass-rushing productivity wasn't a fluke last season. In the Jets' final preseason game against the New York Giants, Huff racked up an unbelievable 10 pressures, per Pro Football Focus.

Those 10 pressures were by far the most by any player in a game this preseason and evidence that Huff is ready to take his game to the next level in 2022.

He may still be buried on the depth chart behind Lawson, Franklin-Myers, and others, but Huff has quietly been one of the Jets' best pass-rushers. Expect that to continue this season.