Breece Hall, the New York Jets Running Back, is not being considered for a top award among athletes. The second-year back was only a few yards shy of 1,000 rushing yards this season. In Week 18’s 17-3 victory over the New England Patriots, Hall registered 37 carries for 178 yards.

Hall finished this season with 994 total yards rushing. He also racked up 1,585 yards from scrimmage and nine touchdowns for the season. Despite New York’s offensive ineptitude, Breece Hall finished behind San Francisco 49ers Christian McCaffrey in total yards from scrimmage. Hall and McCaffrey are the only two running backs to record at least 950 rush yards and 75 receptions in a single season in the past four years.

Breece Hall 2023 Season

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New York Jets RB Breece Hall (20) – AP Photos/Adam Hunger

Despite a disappointing season, Breece Hall became a bright spot for the New York Jets’ offense. He emerged as an effective pass catcher for New York in the last few weeks of the season. Before his emergence, Hall wasn’t on the field on third down. The Jets used Michael Carter as their third-down back before releasing him early in the season.

Hall had 223 carries for 994 yards this season, just six yards away from 1,000. He averaged 4.5 yards a carry and scored five touchdowns. He had one of his best games against the Washington Commanders on Christmas Eve. In that game, he racked up 20 carries for 95 yards and two touchdowns, resulting in a 30-28 win over Washington.

In the 22-16 win over the Bills in week 1, Hall carried the ball 10 times for 127 yards. In the 37-20 loss to the Cleveland Browns, he had 13 carries for 84 yards. He is one of only six players in NFL history to have 95 rushing yards and 95 receiving yards in multiple games. He has accomplished such a feat in just playing 22 games in the NFL.

Breece Hall Snubbed From Consideration for Comeback Player of the Year

Jets WR Garrett Wilson (17) – Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Breece Hall’s return from his ACL injury in 2022 was one of the biggest non-Rodgers storylines for the Jets. He showcased his potential in his rookie season and was the favorite for Offensive Rookie of the Year in Week 7 against the Denver Broncos. After his injury, there were some questions about his future. Would he be the same? Would he follow up with the 681 yards and five touchdowns in his first seven career games?

Hall has since annihilated those concerns with his play despite the poor offense around him. With his running and pass-catching ability, Breece Hall has emerged as one of the top running backs in the NFL. After being activated off the Physically Unable to Perform (PUP) list on August 15, Hall became one of the NFL’s most productive, often used, and outstanding Running Backs.

Typically, after ACL injuries, Running Backs are less productive and are never the same with their performances. Outside of Adrian Peterson, Hall has become more than effective despite his devastating injury. In finishing the season, he was ranked third among Running Backs with 260 total yards.

Despite these accomplishments, Hall is not even in consideration for Comeback Player of the Year. Damar Hamlin, Joe Flacco, Baker Mayfield, and Matthew Stafford are the contenders. Hall isn’t even listed as one of the contenders for the prestigious award. Despite a terrible Offensive Line and poor Quarterback play, Breece Hall emerged as a top-five Running Back after returning from injury last year.

This season was a doomsday apocalypse for the New York Jets, beginning with the season-ending injury to Aaron Rodgers and constant shuffling of the offensive line. To say that the Quarterback play was terrible is a massive understatement. From Zach Wilson to Trevor Siemian to Tim Boyle, nothing went right for the Jets offense.

2024 will have high expectations with Aaron Rodgers returning from injury and an emerging Breece Hall. The sky is the limit for Breece Hall in the upcoming 2024 season with an improved cast and returning Rodgers.