Brandin Echols, NY Jets, Suspension
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The NFL has suspended the 25-year-old CB after violating the league’s personal conduct policy

On Thursday it was reported that the NFL has given New York Jets cornerback Brandin Echols a one-game suspension for violating the league’s personal conduct policy. It stems from a dangerous incident involving the 25-year-old cornerback early last year.

In April 2022, Echols was involved in a two-car crash that left the other driver partially paralyzed. The Jets’ cornerback did not admit guilt for the accident and entered a pretrial intervention program voluntarily to avoid the charges laid against him, which was permitted due to Echols’ lack of a criminal history. Once Echols completes the 36-month intervention program, the charge will be dismissed – although the arrest will remain on his record.

As a result, Echols has been ordered to pay $54,000 in restitution to the other driver at a rate of $1,200 per month.

Echols was selected by the Jets in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL draft. His career started off strongly, as he started all 14 games he appeared in, picked off Tom Brady (and got him to sign the ball) and won the NFL’s Rookie of the Week award in Week 15 after taking Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa to the house on an interception.

The Jets’ rookie cornerback totaled 63 tackles, two interceptions, nine passes deflected and one touchdown in 2021.

The 2022 season was a different story for Echols. After the Jets brought in D.J. Reed and drafted Sauce Gardner, Echols saw his playing time all but disappear. The 25-year-old appeared in 13 games but only played a meager 8% of the defensive snaps (while playing 62% of special teams snaps).

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Thomas Christopher has been covering the Jets since 2018. He is an avid sports fan, mixed martial artist, fantasy football player and Rex Ryan stan. He's also one of Jets X-Factor's breaking news writers. Email: tpascar[at]yahoo.com
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