New York Jets UDFA Profile – Bryce Huff

Michael Meegan with a UDFA profile of Memphis edge Bryce Huff

The position of edge has been a decade long need for the Jets.  With Jordan Jenkins the only pulse they have currently and him likely walking in 2021, the Jets have to exercise all kinds of dart throws to fill the position. Bryce Huff is an intriguing UDFA that could have shot to make the roster…

Huff was a very productive three year starter at Memphis, where he amassed 19 sacks and 39.5 TFLs. He is not the high motor, effort sack guy the Jets fans have become accustomed to but rather a really good athlete who wins with a very quick first step and bend.  Huff was constantly stopping runs in the backfield and getting pressures in the AAC and never looked out of place when Memphis faced a step up in competition against the Power 5 teams. He is a smaller guy who does not have a vast arsenal of moves to pressure opposing QBs. Huff wins with his explosion off the line and while he’s a one trick pony at the moment, he can be a very effective situational rusher at the next level.      

The Jets have poured copious amounts of resources into their defensive line over the years. Nathan Shepherd showed real promise generating interior pressure in a nice bounce back sophomore season. Quinnen Williams was heralded as a top prospect because of his ability to rush the passer from the interior. More interior pressure is going to make life easier for the Jets edge rushers as Huff and 3rd round pick Jabari Zuniga have the bend and the first step to get after the QB.

The Jets defense is not going to take the next step if Jamal Adams is their best pass rusher from the safety position. They need to fill out their roster at edge and Huff is a great mix of athletic traits along with production in college. It is nice to see Joe Douglas is taking the swings at edge on twitched up pass rushers who win with their athleticism.