While Jamal Adams is the voice of the New York Jets defense, safety Marcus Maye is the quiet enforcer. The tandem is ready to prove they are one of the best in 2018.
Coming into the 2018 season, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams has been letting his voice be heard that the New York Jets defense can become elite once again. While Adams does the talking for the defense, his safety counterpart is the quiet enforcer in the secondary.
Like Adams, Marcus Maye was drafted out of the University of Florida by the Jets in 2017 to help rebuild the secondary. Maye had a solid rookie season and is expected to be even better this upcoming season. The safety tandem’s play will be crucial to the defense regaining their elite form.
2017 SEASON REVIEW
Maye had a solid rookie season in 2017, recording 76 total tackles, two interceptions, and a forced fumble. Maye was tied for fourth on the team in tackles and tied for the team lead in interceptions. Maye started all 16 games for the Jets and rarely ever came off the field.
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2018 SEASON OUTLOOK
Maye will once again be a vital part of the Jets young secondary in 2018 and the team is expecting him to be even better in his second season. Maye is currently recovering from ankle surgery after he injured his ankle in the season finale against the New England Patriots.
Maye had to sit out OTAs and minicamp but Jets defensive backs coach Dennard Wilson is impressed with Maye’s mental growth. According to an article by Ethan Greenberg of NewYorkJets.com, Wilson stated Maye’s mental growth has been outstanding. Here is what Wilson had to say:
Marcus’s mental growth has been outstanding as well. He’s starting to really figure out the game. He’s understanding the little things, the nuances of the game, which will allow him to play faster and make more plays.”
The Jets coaching staff also said the same things about Adams about his mental growth as a player. If both Adams and Maye can put it all together this upcoming season, the Jets safety tandem could become one of the best in the NFL.
TRAINING CAMP PREDICTION
Maye will make the team as him and Adams are being counted on as the future leaders of the Jets defense. The Jets coaching staff has stated that Maye is progressing very well from surgery and will bring him back slowly at the beginning of training camp. Maye is expected to be a reliable and consistent playmaker in the secondary when he is cleared to resume practicing.