Breece Hall was the definition of a workhorse at Iowa State.
He was the focal point of the Cyclones’ offense, touching the ball 800 times over his final three seasons with the program. He used each carry and reception to prove he was one of the best running backs in college football.
Things are about to change for the rookie running back now that he is with the Jets. Hall is walking into a situation where he will have to share carries after Michael Carter shined as a rookie. There’s also Tevin Coleman and Ty Johnson, to a lesser extent. Fortunately for Robert Saleh, he won’t have to worry about Hall not taking kindly to his new role as member of a committee after being the guy throughout his collegiate career.
“I’m kind of like, excited for it,” Hall said Friday. “Having a big load like that takes a toll on your body. It’s going to be cool to have another counterpart, one or two counterparts, to take that load and share the reps with. It’s going to be different, but I’m willing to do it. It’s fun to be flexible and do that.”
Carter and Hall ooze potential as a duo given the playmaking ability Carter showcased as a rookie and Hall’s track record from Iowa State. Carter did enough in 2021 to establish himself as the Jets’ top running back moving forward, but he will now have a partner. Like Hall, he is embracing the new situation.
“He was excited,” Hall said of Carter. “He texted me as soon as my name got called. He told me if I had any questions to hit him up and I have. I’ve had a few conversations with him.
“It felt good to know that it’s, like, not anything personal. He’s a really good guy and it was good to have a conversation, a genuine conversation, with him and just talk about what it was like to be a Jet.”
Hall arrives in New York at an ideal time given the way his time at Iowa State ended. Hall concluded his career with the Cyclones on a tear, scoring 41 touchdowns in his final 24 games. As if Hall’s skill set wasn’t impressive enough, the Jets are welcoming in a running back who is seemingly peaking before ever taking a snap at the next level.
Where does that leave Hall with rookie minicamp underway? He has his sights set on developing into one of the best tailbacks in the NFL sooner rather than later while modeling his game after current and former stars at the position.
“I like Alvin Kamara. I like Le’Veon Bell, Arian Foster,” Hall said. “There’s a few guys I try to take a little bit of their game from.”
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