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Bryce Hall puff piece from nyj.com (no mention of Bill Belichick being a scumbag)

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This offseason, between Bryce Hall's first and second seasons with the Jets,. has been nothing like his introduction to the team last year as a true walking wounded.

Hall was one of the top collegiate cornerbacks at Virginia during his junior season when in 2018 he led the nation with 24 PDs and was named All-ACC first team and All-America second team. Before sustaining the fractured ankle injury against Miami late in the 2019 season, he tallied 20 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack and 4 PDs.

A guy who was once projected as a high draft pick, Hall (6-1, 202) was snatched by Jets general manager Joe Douglas in the fifth-round pick, No. 158 overall. The Green & White took a chance, and now Hall could be ready to pay big, big dividends.

"Physically, I'm in a lot better shape, I'd say that," Hall said on Thursday, the second day of training-camp workouts at the Atlantic Health Jets Training Center. "It's been really cool with a new strength and conditioning staff. It has been just world class to work with them, amazing. I feel good where my body is at having gone through an offseason program."

It seems kind of silly to say that Hall is one of the more experienced cornerbacks on the Jets' roster. But a fact is a fact. Bless Austin and Corey Ballentine are entering their third seasons; Lamar Jackson and Javelin Guidry their second; and then there are the eager rookies, a group that includes Brandin Echols and Jason Pinnock. (Jason Hardee, signed in free agency, is also in the mix, though he's seen more as a special-team specialist.)

"Any time a coach believes in you there's something to be said," Hall said. "We really want to buy into everything they're doing and saying. It's mutual he [head coach Robert Saleh] believes in us and we believe in him. There's something really awesome about our coach."

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Hall acknowledged that some of that awesomeness spilled over as he checked out the manner in which the 49ers, where Saleh was the defensive coordinator, played on defense.

"It's funny because San Francisco, they didn't really do too much," Hall said. "And that's the beauty of this defense. I studied them and how they would do their footwork and technique, they've been doing it for a while. Really, what these coaches did was a really good job of explaining things. It's a pretty simple defense, but it's the details that makes it work well.

"I think the key is making everything look the same from the offense's standpoint. What they want to do is try and find one person that gives away the tell. We want to make everything look the same, if we make it look the same I think it will go a long way."

After rehabbing at the start of last season, Hall earned his baptism of fire in a Monday night game against New England. In all in the 2020 season, he logged 547 snaps (48.1%) of the total on defense. And with each game, he showed improvement. He provided a glimpse of his capability in the Jets victory at the Rams.

Decent piece. Really hoping this kid can step up in the secondary. 

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