Breece Hall will play against the Buffalo Bills for the first time in his NFL career in Week 1 on Monday Night Football.
New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh confirmed the news during his presser on Monday September 4.
“We are not going to practice Breece [today] but that’s nothing wrong with that it’s just part of the maintenance program,” Saleh told the media. “I don’t know if I want to call it a snap count but we’re going to be smart with him.”
#Jets HC Robert Saleh confirmed that Breece Hall & Dalvin Cook will play against the #Bills in Week 1, Breece getting day off today for maintenance, but nothing to worry about + said there won’t be a snap count per se but they will be smart w/ how they use him 🎥 @nyjets… pic.twitter.com/1d89yIYS8S
— Paul Andrew Esden Jr (@BoyGreen25) September 4, 2023
Neither Hall nor new addition Dalvin Cook will be on any sort of pitch count heading into the season opener, according to the head coach.
Hall’s Presence Will Change the Jets-Bills Game
The Jets split with their AFC East rivals last season with each side taking a win. Gang Green was able to pull that off despite not having one of its brightest starts in Hall available.
The former Iowa State product tore his ACL during the Week 7 road trip against the Denver Broncos. Gang Green didn’t play against the Bills until Week 9 and Week 14 respectively last season.
Prior to getting hurt, Hall seemed to be on an Offensive Rookie of the Year trajectory.
In seven games, Hall accumulated over 681 yards from scrimmage, scored five total touchdowns, and averaged 6.9 yards scrimmage yards per touch.
Every time Hall touches the ball there’s a chance it could be a house call. The mere threat of that is something the Bills defense will have to account for on a play-to-play basis.
Saleh isn’t planning on putting Hall on a pitch count in this game, but he did say that they would play it smart. Keep this in mind, Hall hasn’t played an NFL snap since October 23 of 2022. He has slowly been worked into the practice reps over the last handful of weeks.
Even though Hall won’t be getting 25-30 touches, that doesn’t mean you can’t maximize his impact. The Jets can sometimes choose to put him on the field as a decoy to set something else up offensively.
This is a developing story and we’ll provide new details as they become available.
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