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Jamal Adams continues to experience growing pains

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against strong safety Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets during the second quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 15: Tight end Rob Gronkowski #87 of the New England Patriots scores a touchdown against strong safety Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets during the second quarter of their game at MetLife Stadium on October 15, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Rookie safety Jamal Adams continues to experience growing pains with the New York Jets but will only get better over time. Especially after giving up two touchdowns to one of the top tight ends in the NFL.

It’s not easy being a rookie in the NFL, let alone a first-round pick. Such is the case for safety Jamal Adams who had had a strong start with the New York Jets so far this season. He works hard, hustles, and is developing into a natural born leader.

With every passing game, Adams continues to hone his craft as one of his biggest tests of the season came from a Week 6 loss to the defending champion New England Patriots. Adams had to do his very best against one of the premier tight ends in the game, Rob Gronkowski.

Unfortunately, Adams was on the losing part of this battle against the 6’6″ 265 lbs. phenom that most of the time requires multiple defenders to take down. Adams gave up two big touchdowns to Gronk and well, learned a whole lot from the experience.

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As per the Media Relations Department of the Jets, here is what Adams had to say this week at a recent press conference about his performance against Gronk:

On the two Rob Gronkowski touchdowns…Just gave them up. Got picked on one. The one in the red zone, (Tom) Brady put it on real quick. He delayed, then got it out real quick. Lost my leverage. But, on the second one, someone picked me and (he) made a play.

On his performance today…We lost. Simple, it’s not about me. It’s never going to be about me. I don’t ever want anybody to think its about me. It’s about the team. We did not get the victory. We have to move forward, learn from it, and go out there next weekend and get a win.

For just turning 22-years-old, Adams carries himself like a savvy veteran, even after a tough loss. It’s important for the development of a young player to always put the team before himself. It’s crucial in making sure everyone is on the same page towards the greater goal, which is winning a Super Bowl championship.

It’s just one game and again, Adams knows that all one can do is take it for what it is and move on to the next one. Yes, the Jets will have to put behind themselves the whole “fumble” incident since it can’t distract the team from their greater goal.

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Overall, Adams undoubtedly learned a thing or two when it comes to covering elite tight ends. It’s not easy but it easily gave him more experience for next time. Adams will be more prepared as the Jets will have one more game this season against the Patriots in Week 17 as he continues his journey towards greatness.

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