Jets’ Breece Hall On 147 Total Yards In Return From ACL Injury


Breece Hall had a tremendous day for the New York Jets in his first game back after tearing his ACL in Week 7 of last season, even though Aaron Rodgers‘ injury received much of the attention before, during, and after their season-opening victory over the Buffalo Bills.

Hall proclaimed himself to be “still that dude” during the Jets’ 22-16 overtime triumph as he piled up 147 yards from scrimmage on only 11 touches.

“Once I got on the field, I was like, ‘I’m still that dude. Anytime I touch the ball, I can do whatever I want with it,'” Hall told reporters after the game. “I always had that mentality, but I was just happy the coaches stuck with me today. They said I was going to have a pitch count before the game, but I told them I don’t want a pitch count, but if I have to, I will. So, they kind of just rolled with me, Dalvin Cook, and MC (Michael Carter) carrying it. So, it was cool.”

Rodgers departed the game following what seemed to be an ankle injury to his left following four snaps. The four-time MVP of the NFL’s injuries won’t be fully understood until Tuesday, when he has an MRI.

The Jets were able to bounce back against a division opponent in large part because of Hall’s effort, despite the fact that Rodgers’ absence soured the atmosphere at MetLife Stadium.

The Jets made an effort to avoid wearing Hall out. Only 31% of the offensive plays against the Bills were made with him on the field in his first game since October 23, 2022. The 22-year-old ran for an average of 12.7 yards and had an 83-yard sprint early in the second quarter that helped tie the game 3-3 with a field goal.

Hall was a strong candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year before suffering a knee injury in the previous season. In seven games, he accumulated 681 yards from scrimmage and five total touchdowns on 99 touches.

Hall nevertheless ended third in yards from scrimmage and led the Jets in total touchdowns despite missing the final 10 games.

The Jets will probably continue to rely largely on their running game given the uncertainty at quarterback. Hall’s performance against a strong Bills defense is encouraging evidence that they are capable of producing a lot of explosive running plays.

Hall’s legs don’t have to carry as much weight thanks to Dalvin Cook. With 33 yards on 13 attempts, the four-time Pro Bowler didn’t have a terrific day rushing the ball, but he caught all three of his targets for 26 yards.

When the Jets play the Dallas Cowboys at AT&T Stadium in Week 2, they will face another challenge.