LUTZ, Fla. ( Associated Press) — Bryce Hall begins his workout on a steamy July morning in his garage, before hitting the gym for more practice and heading to the high school grounds for some football drills.
The routine continues day in and day out in the Florida heat for the New York Jets’ third-year cornerback.
“It’s really just about the big dreams and aspirations that we have to succeed,” Hall said on the Associated Press Pro Football podcast, “For the goals we set, it only makes sense to keep doing what I’m doing. So that’s what motivates me every day.”
Hall says “we” because he’s not alone there. He brought in Cornell Jenkins from California to train for 12 weeks. Known as a sports physicist, Jenkins said he studied physics at Dominguez Hills, California state, “to find an edge and become a better athlete.”
Jenkins’ mentor was Marv Marinovich, one of the NFL’s first strength and conditioning coaches for the Al Davis Raiders. Marv’s son, Todd Marinovich, played quarterback in Southern California and was a first-round pick by the Raiders in 1991.
“I see an appetite,” Jenkins said of Hall’s work ethic. “Mission pulls him to work. He comes to work everyday, starts early, stops late, doesn’t complain, doesn’t groan. He just puts on his hard hat and gets to work. You give him little homework assignments and he puts them out very fast, constantly. Every day is like the first day he started working because he comes to work with this freshness, this passion. Seeing this It refreshes me and it always inspires me to find creative ways to challenge her.”
Hall would face more challenges in training camp as the Jets spent large sums on free agent cornerback DJ Reed and drafted Ahmed “Sauce” Gardner with the fourth overall pick. Jets coach Robert Saleh gave Hall first-team reps at an off-season schedule and said that Gardner would have to earn the starting job.
Hall started every game last season, and showed great potential. He was one of only 13 cornerbacks to play more than 1,000 snaps in 2021. He was second in the NFL with 17 forced imperfections, including a league-best six inside the red zone.
Now he has to prove himself again. The hall welcomes the competition.
“The mindset I try to take is that you are your biggest competitor,” he said. “I heard Dion (Sanders) say: ‘Your biggest competitor isn’t the people who come to work, it’s the part of you that has to get up every morning to work. It’s the part of you that does the film. Don’t want to watch, but you know you have to watch the movie. It’s the part of you that is saying I have to eat this, that food, and you know you have to take care of your body.’ And so I think that for me, how I see things, there’s a lot of things that I can control. I really try not to worry about what everyone else is going through, but I I try to be the best I can be and I feel that if I do that, everything will be fine by itself.”
Hall, 25, a fifth-round pick from Virginia in 2020, is also set to mentor other cornerbacks in helping New York’s revamped secondary.
“I remember when I first came into the league, there were people older than me starting ahead of me, but they were not arrogant in sharing with me the knowledge and information they had,” he said. ” They said. “And so I try to take the same approach.”
Hall played the first 10 games of the previous season mainly in the left corner, before showing the rest of the way to the opponent’s top receiver. They allowed for low reception and their passer ratings when there were targeted corrections facing the best receivers.
“I love the challenge of it,” Hall said. “In the beginning, my spontaneity was on one side. But then as we moved to different sides, I started getting a lot more comfortable because you have different footwork on each side. When I see and study it’s best to do it, they’ve all traveled. They have all gone to different sides.”
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