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Todd Bowles excited for year two at safety

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FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is unable to make a reception as he is defended by Marcus Maye #26 of the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 31: Brandin Cooks #14 of the New England Patriots is unable to make a reception as he is defended by Marcus Maye #26 of the New York Jets during the first half at Gillette Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets have two promising safeties that are already making a name for themselves. Head coach Todd Bowles recently made some comments about how excited he is for the second year of Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye.

When it comes to the New York Jets, they have a long way to go before they’re a complete team from top to bottom ready to be a playoff contender. They’ll get there but patience is key in the grand scheme of things.

With the 2018 NFL Combine already underway, head coach Todd Bowles is there getting a great look at all the top prospects heading into the 2018 NFL Draft. At least one area he doesn’t have to worry about is the current safety position on the Jets defense.

Last year, the Jets boldly doubled up on safeties by drafting Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye to be the next dynamic duo of the positional group. Yes, they had some bumps in the road but for the most part look to be the real deal. Together, they turned the Jets defensive secondary into a better unit at least from the safety position. If the Jets had better and more consistent cornerbacks, it would have been quite the defensive secondary but both rookie safeties exceeded expectations.

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Adams ended his rookie season with 63 tackles, two sacks, one forced fumble, and six passes defended. He failed to record a single interception but came close a few times. Maye totaled 56 tackles, one forced fumble, and two interceptions. Both safeties started every game last year for the Jets as they both have some serious upside to be incredible safeties as they continue to hone their craft together.

Bowles knows a great thing when he sees it and at this year’s combine, recently chimed in his thoughts on what he’s excited for heading into both their sophomore seasons. In an article written by Randy Lange of NewYorkJets.com, here is what Bowles had to say:

On moving into year two with the team’s two talented young safeties, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye…“It was unusual but those guys earned it. The maturity with which they watched film and practiced, how hard they played, they earned it. I just look forward to them getting better from a mental standpoint and a vocal standpoint this year. … If they become more vocal, which they will, and they come back with the same vigor they played with last year, I expect them to be better and help us out a lot.”

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Overall, the Jets look like they found cornerstone players at both safety positions that will only get better over time. Both are young, talented, and hard-working individuals that will continue making a name for themselves every time they’re both on the field ready to take care of business.

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