Jets running back Breece Hall thinks it can’t get any worse.
Hall struggled in his NFL debut last week against the Ravens, with a fumble in the red zone and a dropped pass.
“Obviously I felt like I could have done a lot better,” Hall said. “I had an abandoned pass and a fumble and everything like that. I felt like I had all my rookie moments in one day. It was good to get rid of it. Just knowing that the coaches still trust me, they still want to give me the ball every time I’m in the game, it feels good.
The Jets need Hall and teammate Michael Carter to both have good games Sunday against the Browns. Cleveland’s passing rush, led by Myles Garrett, could make for a long day for the offense. But if the Jets can run the ball effectively, they could slow down the run.
“We’re going to have to stay in front of the sticks,” Hall said. “We’re going to have to slow these guys down, put chips on these guys, try to confuse these guys in any way. It’s going to be big for us this week. It’s gonna be big for me and [Carter] run the ball.
Head coach Robert Saleh said last week was a learning experience for Hall and all of the rookies.
“They’re not trying to make a mistake, they’re not trying to fumble, he’s trying to fight for extra yards, he’s getting away with it, you just have to remind him that this league is different from college” , Saleh said. “The players are too fast, they are too smart, they are too focused on the ball, so a big lesson for him.
“There was even one he was talking about, he saw a fold and a big Calais [Campbell] just caught him, and he’s like, this has never happened to him before. So it just grabbed him, just to stop and he’s like, ‘Jeez,’ but to him, it’s just all these guys, just this lesson. He didn’t realize how strong those guys are, so there’s just a different mindset when you’re trying to hit those creases, where in college he probably would have gone.
Hall said his coaches’ faith in him kept him confident.
“I feel like they want to make me and [Carter] the identity of our offense,” Hall said. “Just knowing they have that confidence in me is nice. I just focus on the little things, pressing the ball, protecting the ball, catching the ball and letting my natural ability take over. Don’t worry too much about anything. I know that I will improve from week to week.
The Jets have elevated OL Grant Hermanns and TE Kenny Yeboah from the practice squad for Sunday’s game.