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Jets Breece Hall Focused on 'Building Up My Body for the Season'

Coaches Being 'Cautious' with Third Year Running Back Who ‘Could Practice’ if Necessary


Heading into 2024, Jets running back Breece Hall is again expected to be a big part of the Green & White's offense With still over three months to go until the Week 1 game at San Francisco, however, Hall has been in attendance for OTAs and mandatory minicamp, but not participating.

"I'm just focused on continuing to get better and just to keep building my body up for the season," Hall said. "I could practice right now. I feel great, but the coaches are really cautious with me, and I appreciate them for that. It has been a good time still being a part of everything. I do all the walkthroughs and stuff we've been doing."

The 23-year-old Hall bounced back from a torn ACL in his left knee he sustained as a rookie with 1,585 scrimmage yards and 9nine total scores in 2023. He became one of 15 players since 2000 to record at least 1,500 yards, 200 carries and 75 receptions in a single season and led all tailbacks with 76 catches.

Last offseason, Hall, a second-round pick in 2022 out of Iowa State, was not cleared to participate in practice until late August. He took on a smaller workload over the first few weeks of the regular season. He averaged 14.8 touches per game over the first 9 weeks and ramped up to 20.8 touches the final 8, culminating with a career-high 39 touches in Week 17 versus the Patriots.

"I ended the season on a good note," Hall said. "But still, even last season, I was not feeling 100 percent all the time. But now, I have had my first offseason of not just be trying to get back, but to get better and I've gotten better this offseason. I'm a lot leaner. I feel a lot healthier, my knee feels a lot better. I just feel like I'm back to my old self."

HC Robert Saleh added: "I don't think people realize or appreciate the road it takes to recover from an ACL. Breece really wasn't full Breece until right around the midpoint of the season and he was still producing. And I thought he finished the season very strong."

Hall has been limited this offseason by what Saleh has called "some lower half stuff," and has been off to the side working with trainers throughout OTAs and minicamps. However, more than a full season removed from his injury, Hall is far ahead of where he was last summer.

"I have spent the offseason getting a little leaner and just getting my left quad, knee, hammy, calf stronger," Hall said. "I didn't have any asymmetry or anything last year so that was mostly what I was focused on, but other than that I am just making sure I was working out. Just doing it smart and not trying to overload myself and just getting back to feeling good."

Hall has set a big goal for himself in 2024 including earning his first All-Pro and Pro Bowl nods, as well as establishing himself as one of the league's premier tailbacks and be mentioned in the same regard as 49ers RB Christian McCaffery.

McCaffery, the 2023 Offensive Player of the Year, ran for an NFL-best 1,459 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding 67 catches for 564 yards and 7 scores as a receiver last season. Hall and the Jets with face McCaffrey and the Niners in Week 1 on "Monday Night Football."

"I feel like right now McCaffrey's the best in the league and to me, he sets the standard," Hall said. "So now we're going to see him Week 1 and everything and we're playing against some of the best linebackers. For me, it's exciting just to see where I stand and really let everybody see my full talent now that I'm healthy."

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