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ESPN predicts Jets 2018 breakout candidate

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets reacts against the Los Angeles Chargersduring the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 24: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets reacts against the Los Angeles Chargersduring the first half of an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on December 24, 2017 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ed Mulholland/Getty Images)
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ESPN recently picked every team’s potential breakout candidate for the upcoming season. When it came to the New York Jets, it was an easy decision.

The regular season is on the horizon as preseason is already at the halfway point. The New York Jets, still trying to finalize their roster and make some tough decisions over the next few weeks, are trying to build a contender for 2018. It won’t be easy but as always, one never knows what can happen once the regular season is here and teams are beginning their respective campaigns.

The Jets are a young and hungry team with a lot to prove as they continue to rebuild for a bright future. Expectations are once again low heading into the upcoming season but the team is hopeful that they’ll be a lot more good than bad with hopes of winning a lot of football games.

ESPN recently picked every team’s potential breakout candidate for 2018 as it’s expected that safety Jamal Adams will continue to develop as a top defensive player. Adams had a very good rookie season last year and will continue where he left off from.

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In an article by ESPN.com, here is what Jets reporter Rich Cimini said why Adams was their selection for a breakout candidate on the Jets:

His rookie year was solid, but the Jets’ 2017 first-round pick still hasn’t reached his ceiling. If Adams improves in pass coverage, he could have a monster year. After no interceptions last season, he dropped some weight to improve his quickness and range. Thanks to experience, he also should do a better job of reading his keys, which will result in more plays on the ball. He’s already a terrific run defender.

In the grand scheme of things, Cimini is accurate in that if Adams continues to play like he did in 2017, he will undoubtedly have an even bigger year this time around. Adams followed a strict offseason regimen to improve his game and hone his craft in order to be one of the top safeties in the NFL.

The Jets defensive secondary is looking to be the biggest strength of the team thanks to everything Adams brings to the table and a huge acquisition via free agency. When news broke that the Jets came to terms with cornerback Trumaine Johnson, it added another top talent into an already stout secondary. Get ready Jets fans, New Jack City will likely be what everyone talks about in 2018 if everything falls into place.

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