NY Jets: Jamal Adams having a disappointing year in Seattle

NY Jets, Jamal Adams Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
NY Jets, Jamal Adams Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /

Former NY Jets safety Jamal Adams isn’t having a very impressive 2020 season.

Back in July, Jamal Adams made it known that he wanted a fresh start. He wanted no part of the NY Jets‘ organization any longer and wished to be traded to a potentially better, brighter situation.

He got what he asked for.

The Jets traded safety Jamal Adams and a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks for two first-round picks, a 2021 third-round pick, and 29-year-old safety Bradley McDougald.

Fans of both teams now beg the question, who won the trade? It isn’t that easy.

The Jets haven’t gotten the chance to use any draft capital acquired via trade as of yet. They have, however, been able to analyze the play of McDougald, whom they also acquired in part of the Adams trade. McDougald is currently on IR.

The biggest development of all, though, has been the recent play of Jamal Adams. Adams, who has sat out since Week 3 with a groin injury, finally returned on Sunday versus Buffalo.

While Adams was patrolling the secondary for the Jets, he made a name for himself with his flashy, big hits. His coverage skills were admirable, too. Currently, with the Seahawks, Adams’ flashiness has, in a word, lessened.

Jamal Adams has taken a huge step back in his first season not with the NY Jets.

According to Pro Football Focus, Adams is on pace to receive a 68.0 overall grade, which is the worst thus far of his young, promising career. In terms of Adams’ coverage ability, PFF grades him at a 57.6, which ranks 49th at the position. Yeesh.

Now, placing all of the blame on Adams may be a bit of a stretch. Injuries happen, and, unfortunately, a groin injury could be lengthy. Flashback to 2019, does C.J. Mosley ring a bell?

The highly-touted free-agent signed with the Jets on a massive five-year, $85 million deal. Mosley sat out the majority of the 2019 season with a groin injury. The point is, Adams may not be fully healthy.

General manager Joe Douglas made, no doubt, a tough decision dealing a player of Adams’ caliber away to an already dominant franchise in the Seattle Seahawks.

Douglas was probably twisting and turning at the fact that he had to let an All-Pro defensive playmaker fly across the country to play for another team.

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To date, Joe Douglas is likely looking at those early-round draft picks and cracking a smile. Tonight, he’ll sleep just fine.