There wasn’t much positive to take out of the New York Jets defense’s final performance of 2020, but one important young piece kept his fire burning.
Bryce Huff shows more flashes
Bryce Huff was inches away from making a flashy play many times this season, but he has been unlucky to have the ball come out just before he could get home on a large number of plays. Against the Patriots, he finally got enough time to rack up a couple of big plays.
Over 12 pass-rush snaps against New England, Huff recorded two pressures for a strong rate of 16.7%, per Pro Football Focus (the average for edge rushers this season has been around 10%). Both of those wins were fantastic reps against left tackle Korey Cunningham. Huff picked up a hit to force an incompletion on Cam Newton by using a cross-chop move (emulating Yannick Ngakoue‘s signature move, which Huff broke down on the Cool Your Jets podcast in May), and he also notched a sack in which he faked a long-arm and converted into a rip.
Huff showed the potential to become a solid situational pass-rusher in his rookie season. Across 10 games in which Huff played less than 15 pass-rush snaps, he collected 11 pressures over 83 pass-rush snaps, a very solid rate of 13.3%. Across four games in which he played more than 15 pass-rush snaps, Huff picked up only three pressures over 90 pass-rush snaps, a poor rate of 3.3%.
Altogether, Huff’s rookie season was loaded with promising pass-rush reps. For an undrafted rookie, he showed a lot to be excited about in the passing game.
Next, we move on to one of the Jets’ most intriguing young pieces on the defensive side of the ball, who kept up his end-of-year hot streak with another good performance.