Despite grading out extremely well at Pro Football Focus last season, New York Jets safety Jamal Adams didn’t make their preseason list of the NFL’s top 50 players.
Jamal Adams had a stellar second season for the Jets in 2018, making his first Pro Bowl and establishing himself as one of the league’s best safeties.
Pro Football Focus seemed to agree, giving him high marks throughout the year.
But Adams was nowhere to be found of PFF’s preseason list ranking the top 50 players in the NFL, and the Jets’ official Twitter account took notice:
PFF 1st-team All-Pro safety in 2018 ✅3rd-best defensive grade in 2018 (min. 80% snaps) ✅No. 20 on PFF Top 101 players in 2018 ✅@PFF Top 50 entering 2019 ❌
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 13, 2019
It’s definitely a strange omission for PFF, as if they expect some regression from Adams in 2019. The No. 6 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, Adams should in fact thrive this season, especially in new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams’ aggressive defensive scheme.
Adams should also benefit from the addition of two more dynamic players on his unit. Four-time Pro Bowler C.J. Mosley gives the Jets one of the NFL’s most complete inside linebackers, and defensive lineman Quinnen Williams, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft, was arguably the top overall prospect in a draft class loaded with talented interior defenders.
PFF is no stranger to inviting criticism with their grades and rankings, and this is just the latest example of an eyebrow-raising decision. Thankfully, Jets fans know better, and they won’t be surprised when PFF comes to their senses and once again puts Adams where he belongs by season’s end . . . among the best safeties and overall defensive players in the entire NFL.