New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh has to be excited about his running back room. A day after signing Dalvin Cook, rookie standout Breece Hall was activated off the Physically Unable To Perform list. After tearing his ACL, Hall has been working to rehab his knee in order to be ready for the season. Many were questioning if Hall would play week 1 and Saleh revealed what he is thinking on Tuesday.
Jets Robert Saleh On Breece Hall In Week 1
Saleh has this to say when asked about Hall.
“We’re gonna take our time with him like I’ve said from the beginning, but if you ask him he’s ready to go now. He’s champing at the bit, he wants to get in there with his teammates, but to have him back out there in pads, man he looks freaking good. Just his size, like Jermaine Johnson he’s morphed his body. He looks explosive, he looks powerful, so we’ll get him in, we’ll ease him in, but right now it’s just acclimation.”
He added that he is “very confident” that Hall will be ready by week 1. While the signing of Cook is great, having Hall back there is well will mean a great rotation of backs and insurance in case someone gets injured.
Huge For The Jets
Before the Cook signing, the running back room was looking a little bleak. Hall is an unknown coming off a knee injury and often, running backs need a year before they really return to their former selves. The presence of Cook will likely help Hall a lot. There is less pressure on him to carry the team in the running game and he can focus on getting up to speed without being rushed back. Some may say it could hurt his development to split carries but overall I believe this is a good thing for the second-year back.
Robert Saleh is confident Breece Hall will be ready to go week 1. Time will tell whether the running back and get up to speed by the beginning of the season. The Jets have the highest expectations out of any team in the NFL and their 2023 will be watched very closely.