Despite being a rookie, safety Jamal Adams will make an immediate on the New York Jets impact both vocally and in his play on defense.
The New York Jets needed a leader on defense who could lead with play and vocally. Enter Jamal Adams. His ability to lead made such an impact on scouts that “Natural-born leader of men” was the first thing listed in his strengths on his NFL.com draft profile.
He may be a rookie, but will immediately be a leader in the locker room. Not just vocally, but with his attitude and play.
Football is the ultimate team game. Every level of the defense has an impact on the other two. The Jets secondary allowed 30 touchdowns in 2016, and they only totaled 27 sacks. The inability to cover led to many times without sacks, and vice versa.
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The addition of Adams will combat that. He can help the corners cover over the middle and has a mastery of playing center field. He will also help an already stellar run defense. His ability in the run game (18 career tackles for loss at LSU) can only improve the ferocious run defense of the Jets.
The impact felt on the passing game will trickle down to the defensive line as well. They only recorded 27 sacks in 2015. The longer you can cover, the more time the line and pass rushers have to get to the quarterback. In turn, the pressure can lead to interceptions.
Adams presence can help Muhammad Wilkerson, Leonard Williams, and Jordan Jenkins reach their potential as pass rushers. In turn, it could help the offense get the football more with opportunities to score.
In the end, his presence will affect the team in multiple ways. So, despite being a rookie, the presence of Adams will start to pay dividends quickly in New York.