Jamal Adams set for breakout season
By Jason Rodriguez
Rookie safety Jamal Adams looks to have a strong year and be impactful for the New York Jets this upcoming season.
When the New York Jets were able to draft Jamal Adams out of Louisiana State University in this year’s draft, they knew they got a player who is special. The Jets are looking for someone to replace Calvin Pryor who didn’t work out while with the team. Adams has many tools to his game that could help take the workload off the Jets defensive line.
The safety position of the Jets has struggled tremendously over the past few seasons. Now that they have gotten rid of the veteran players they will look to get younger and faster. Adams is that type of player who the Jets think can bring them to the next level. He is a big hitter who will make his presence felt early on in the game as he should immediately have an impact in his rookie season.
He has caused major problems for offenses going across the middle for how physical he is. The opponent’s offense has had to change the game plan they originally started with to account for Adams. He is able to call out the correct coverage and align the defense up in the proper areas for maximum effectiveness. When he is able to do that he helps the defense start to listen and believe in him.
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From watching game tape on him, Adams is very impressive on how quick he reacts to breaking up the screen play as well as in the run game.
What was also impressive was how well he did in covering tight ends, an area the Jets have struggled in for years. It will be interesting to see how he matches up against Rob Gronkowski for those ever popular AFC East rivalry games against the New England Patriots.
His speed and quickness when it comes to kickoff and punt return coverages will also immediately help the Jets in another area of opportunity. They were ranked in the bottom tier when it came to yards given up on the kickoff and punt returns so expect to see that change in 2017.
In college, Adams had 128 total solo tackles, five total interceptions, and two forced fumbles. These type of numbers tell the organization that is the type of player they are looking for on a secondary that needed a boost of talent.
Last season, the weakness in the Jets defense was giving up the long passing throws. Considering that Adams specializes in that area, expectations are high for him to not only make a name for himself but surprise many that perhaps the Jets won’t be so bad at all.
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Overall, Adams is someone who can be impactful right off the bat in his rookie season. Many Jets fans are excited for what they could possibly see from him this season and in the future. Only time will tell in what Adams is capable of doing he just needs to keep his head down and keep focused on the task at hand.