NY Jets: Jamal Adams lands on CBS Sports’ 25-under-25 list
By Justin Fried
NY Jets’ safety Jamal Adams recently landed on CBS Sports’ 25-under-25 list
NY Jets‘ safety Jamal Adams has found himself at the center of trade talks once again this week. But instead of rehashing that entire ordeal, let’s just focus on some good news for a moment.
Adams may be embroiled in an ongoing contract dispute with the Jets raising questions about his future with the organization. But there’s no denying his talent on the field and the value that he brings to a team.
And as praise for his on-field accomplishments, Adams recently earned a spot on CBS Sports’ 25-under-25 list ranking the top-25 players in the NFL aged 24-years-old or younger.
The two-time Pro Bowler came in at No. 12 on the list narrowly missing out on the top-10. Now, 12th is nothing to scoff at, but the players ranked just ahead of him might draw the ire of some fans.
Los Angeles Chargers safety Derwin James came in one slot ahead of Adams at No. 11 while Pittsburgh Steelers safety Minkah Fitzpatrick was ranked even higher at No. 10.
That means that Adams was ranked as the third-best safety under the age of 25-years-old, let alone in the entire NFL. Many will likely see that as a bit of a slight.
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James and Fitzpatrick are no doubt fantastic talents, but you could make a strong case that the versatile Adams is the better overall player. You could also make the case for James and Fitzpatrick as well so it’s not exactly a consensus decision.
Adams is one of 13 carryovers from last year’s list — both of which saw Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes ranked No. 1. Last year, Adams was ranked one spot lower at No. 13 with the aforementioned James at No. 12.
For the second consecutive season, his Chargers counterpart edges him by just one ranking.
Notably, Adams was the only player in the AFC East to earn a spot on the list, however, New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley did add another Big Apple resident at No. 17 in the rankings.
Adams will turn 25-years-old in October meaning that he will officially be disqualified from appearing on the list next season. But the hope is that greater things are in store for the former first-round pick.
After securing a Pro Bowl nod in his second NFL season, Adams was named to his second straight Pro Bowl in 2019 as well as the receiving illustrious first-team All-Pro honors.
Whether his future is with the Jets or another organization remains unknown. But it’s at least nice to see a player of his caliber receive the recognition he rightfully deserves.