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New York Jets: Jamal Adams offers to play cornerback due to depth issues

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets is seen during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 30: Jamal Adams #33 of the New York Jets is seen during the second half of the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field on September 30, 2018 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With the New York Jets currently lacking in depth at the corner position, Jamal Adams has offered to switch his role up a bit in order to address the issue.

Following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL season, it was clear that the New York Jets had room to improve at the cornerback position.

For that reason, it was not only a bit confusing but also a bit concerning that now-former general manager Mike Maccagnan elected not to address the situation in the offseason.

Heading into training camp this year, both Morris Claiborne and Buster Skrine were no longer on the roster. Instead, the Jets were expected to have Darryl Roberts replace Morris Claiborne opposite Trumaine Johnson and have Brian Poole replace Skrine in the slot.

Now, that plan wasn’t the worst thing the Jets could have come up with. Johnson, despite having a down year last year, received a lucrative contract prior to the 2018 season and is expected to be the team’s No. 1 corner.

Roberts, meanwhile, has reportedly been performing well throughout camp and Poole was brought in to offer a sense of experience and leadership that was lacking at the position.

The problem, however, is that the Jets have don’t have much to rely on in regards to the depth at the position behind those three players. That fact is enough to draw concern in itself but it becomes an even larger issue when injuries occur, which is what happened this week, as Johnson suffered a hamstring injury.

He has been listed as week-to-week and it’s currently unclear whether or not he’ll be ready for the regular-season opener against the Buffalo Bills in just a few short weeks.

“That’s just going to be time,” coach Adam Gase said Monday via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I don’t think it will be months, but, I mean, we’ll see. It’s week-to-week right now. It’ll be about how his body responds to the rehab.”

In addition to Johnson, undrafted rookie Kyron Brown, who actually replaced Johnson, also left practice on Monday with a hamstring injury of his own. The Jets also parted ways with Derrick Jones this past weekend.

Simply put, the Jets are running out of suitable options at the cornerback position and if Johnson is going to miss significant time, it may be time to seriously sound the alarms. If it helps at all, however, the Jets have received an offer from a certain Pro Bowl safety.

“If they need me to go to corner, I’ll go to corner,” Jamal Adams said Monday via Rich Cimini of ESPN. “I’m dead serious.”

Now, it’s incredibly unlikely that the Jets would indeed move Adams to corner, but his words do indeed highlight a concerning issue for the team heading into the regular season. On the contrary, however, his words also highlight the fact that he is a tremendous leader willing to do what it takes to help this team win.

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Adams’ idea may not be the most realistic but here’s to hoping Adam Gase, Gregg Williams and Joe Douglas can come up with a solution to the issue. As of now, it looks as if they’ll need to.

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