While the Jets have found new different ways to sink lower this season, the one constant high has been the play of Jamal Adams. On Monday it was announced that he would be headed to the Pro Bowl, along with teammates Andre Roberts and Jason Myers.
The Pro Bowl may be a pointless exhibition that is often unattended and unwanted by players, but for Adams this was different. During his rookie season, Adams played above his level and felt he was snubbed of a spot.
From that moment he tweeted a vow to make the Pro Bowl every year for the rest of his career. Now, he’s fulfilled that promise so far, while leaving Jet fans salivating at the potential ceiling that Adams possesses.
Across 14 games Adams has totaled 71 solo tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He stands third among defensive backs in solo tackles while trailing only Marshon Lattimore by one for the league lead in forced fumbles. In addition, he is tied with Derwin James for second most sacks among defensive backs.
To say Adams has been all over the field would be selling him short. His production has shown that even at 23-years-old, he’s elite. That high-level consistency is what separates franchise cornerstones, to just good players.
Adams’ aggression and consistent will to do more than the average player is a true test to how much of a culture-changing player he really is. And right now in the Jets stage, they desperately need him. For years the Jets have been at the bottom of the AFC East, a division, aside for the Patriots, has been known as a bottom feeder since the 2000s. They have not sniffed the playoffs since 2011. Their first round picks have not been game changers, but letdowns.
The culture of losing stops with players like Jamal Adams. Some argue he’s bashful, maybe even cocky on social media, but if there’s one player on the Jets who walks the walk, it’s Adams.
When healthy, him and Marcus Maye form one of the scariest safety tandems in the league. Maye possesses an underrated IQ trait, which helps dissects plays and read offenses. Adams carries more of the physical tools, which help him become one of the leagues strongest tacklers.
The ability to be known as a bruising safety while playing within the rules is hard to come by these days. Adams loves the physical old style of play. He embraces the challenge of not shying away from covering the other teams’ top target.
What’s crazier about Adams and his progression is that he is doing all of this at 23. He has cemented himself as someone who isn’t on the come up, but is already here. Time will only tell how much Adams can elevate himself throughout his career, but he’s off to a fast start.
Yes, it’s been a long season Jet fans but if there’s one reason to park yourself in front of the TV every Sunday, it’s Jamal Adams.