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Bryce Hall was seen on the practice field taking some charge in the huddle as he enters his second season with the New York Jets.

Ian Roddy

The New York Jets roster is currently one of the youngest in the NFL. Naturally, this means that some young players will need to step up and fill important leadership roles if the team wants to build a winning culture.

One young player who looks to be taking charge of the locker room is second-year cornerback Bryce Hall. In a short clip tweeted out by the Jets, coach Robert Saleh is seen addressing the team after an apparently productive day of practice, and Hall breaks the huddle to close things out.

“Every little detail matters,” Saleh said to the team. “You guys stack up days like this, I promise you there’s nowhere to go but up.”

By this point, we already know Saleh is a leader of men. Videos like this with him addressing the team are great to see, but it’s the end of the clip that stands out.

A few voices can be heard calling for Hall before he finally emerges from the crowd, praises the team’s work this week, and leads a quick chant to break the huddle.

Hall, a former fifth-round pick out of Virginia, was widely praised during his draft process. Coaches, scouts, and reporters alike talked of his incredibly high character and special leadership traits.

As for his on-field potential, it is often forgotten that Hall led the nation in pass breakups with 22 during his junior season at Virginia in 2018. It was only after a gruesome ankle injury the next year that his draft stock started to plummet, allowing the Jets to get him in the fifth round.

Once he finally healed and got on the NFL field last season for the Jets, Hall was solid as an outside corner, which Jets X-Factor’s James Wighaus broke down on film. He even snagged an impressive one-handed interception from Jared Goff in Week 15. Don’t forget that he was coming off an injury and didn’t even get a full offseason to prepare due to the pandemic.

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With the team currently lacking any true number one CB, fans are desperately hoping for a second-year breakout from Hall. We can’t truly know if this will come to fruition until the season starts in September, but seeing him at least taking initiative and stepping into a leadership role is extremely encouraging.

For a team who lost their vocal leader in Jamal Adams last offseason, finding that new young voice to take charge of the locker room is imperative for the Jets. Judging by this clip, Hall looks to be blossoming into the leader fans were told about after he was drafted.

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Ian Roddy is a football writer currently working towards his masters at USC. He brings a versatile journalistic skill set to Jets X-Factor with both writing and audio. Email:
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2 years ago

Can’t believe the Jets are not signing a Veteran CB, but they seem to be willing to roll with a very Green secondary. Hall is one of the reasons