Last season, the New York Jets ranked 26th in total yards on offense with 306.4 per game.
They also ranked 27th in rushing yards per game at 98.1.
To reverse that trend, they selected former Iowa State running back Breece Hall in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
The Jets are banking on him to bring his explosiveness in college football wherein he became a two-time Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year.
They will be in good hands if Hall can replicate the 1,472 yards and 20 touchdowns he had during his final year with the Cyclones.
However, the Jets had a scare before training camp because Hall looked to be a holdout because he hadn’t signed his contract.
They can leave those worries behind after he has agreed to terms.
Jets guaranteed 100% of Hall’s 3rd-year salary, per source. A year ago, 36th pick got only 58% guarantee in year 3. This was sticking point with Hall, but new trend is 100% for high 2nd rounders (see: Jalen Pitre, Texans, picked 1 spot after Hall). Jets have high hopes for Hall. https://t.co/F0kwQDnh9t
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) July 19, 2022
ESPN’s Rich Cimini tweeted, “The Jets have signed second-round pick Breece Hall, the team announced. It’s a four-year, $9.0M contract for the former Iowa State RB. It includes a $3.7M signing bonus. #Jets have all their draft picks under contract with rookies reporting today.”
Hall was the last Jets rookie to sign because of the discussion about guaranteed money.
Jalen Pitre Earned Hall More Guaranteed Money
The Houston Texans drafted Jalen Pitre one spot after Hall.
Still, the team gave the safety a fully-guaranteed third year.
As Cimini pointed out, that’s unheard of because, “a year ago, 36th pick got only 58% guarantee in year 3.”
But Pitre’s contract put pressure on the Jets to give him that extra guarantee.
Their contracts will set a precedent in succeeding drafts wherein early second-rounders should also get three fully guaranteed years.
More importantly, the Jets will see what Hall can bring to the table at training camp.