The New York Jets haven’t done too much winning over the past three seasons, but Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams is ready to change that in 2019.
It’s been eight years since the New York Jets made the playoffs, and they’ve lost 10 or more games three seasons in a row.
That doesn’t sit well with safety Jamal Adams, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft, a player who got used to winning at one of the premier college football programs in the country, LSU.
When asked about his team goals for the upcoming season, Adams makes it clear that he’s all about winning (via team reporter Ethan Greenberg):
Really just to pick up where I left off. Obviously, I’m all about winning. That’s what my focus is and as long as we continue to do the little things right on the field, I think we’ll be fine.
When it comes to his personal goals for 2019, Adams wants to create more turnovers:
Just attack the ball, get my hands on the ball a lot more. If I can do that, I think I’ll be fine as a player.
In just two NFL seasons, Adams has already established himself as one of the best safeties in the entire NFL, living up to the high expectations that come along with being a top-10 draft pick. A well-rounded defender who isn’t afraid to mix it up in the box or lock up opposing pass-catchers in coverage, Adams it arguably the most complete player in the league at his position.
But for all of his accomplishments, getting his hands on the ball has proven somewhat elusive for Adams over his first two years in the league. He has just one interception to his credit so far, along with three fumble recoveries. He’s also forced four fumbles, and broken up 18 passes.
Adams is one of the most promising defenders in the league, and he’s already playing at a high level. If he continues his current development track, the big plays are certain to come along with it. If he’s able to stay healthy, Adams could easily end up going down as one of the best safeties of his generation.
Teams get plenty of criticism when they draft a safety in the top 10, but Adams has already lived up to the hype, and he’s just barely scratching the surface of his lofty potential.