It’s not every day there’s good news to report in Florham Park, New Jersey, and we fear the 2017 season will be dreary day after day. But one of the few bright spots is sure to be Jamal Adams.
Reports indicate Adams, the sixth overall pick in the 2017 draft, is impressing his new teammates at every turn this offseason.
“The things he has done so far?” cornerback Morris Claiborne told reporters. “He’s unbelievable.”
Claiborne is new to New York himself, having arrived via free agency this spring, and coincidentally he’s also a former sixth-overall draft pick by Dallas. So it’s saying a lot when Claiborne thinks he “can’t be more impressed with a young guy” than he is with Adams.
“He’s been out here playing lights out,” Claiborne said. “Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He’s having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He’s having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that’s football.”
It’s welcome news on a team without much to be excited for this year, especially during a time in which other defensive starters are in the midst of legal issues and the team’s roster looks bleak.
And we all know what has happened at the safety position for the Jets in the last year. Calvin Pryor and Marcus Gilchrist hardly provided any coverage help for New York’s secondary in 2016, so the Jets drafted Adams in the first round and safety Marcus Maye in the second round, then cut Gilchrist and traded Pryor to Cleveland for Demario Davis.
Now Adams and Maye are expected to start as rookies, with Adams leading the way and Maye getting his share of recognition this summer, too.
Todd Bowles is saying typical Todd Bowles things, likely to temper expectations.
“We knew [Adams] was talented, but he’s learning the defense like everybody else,” he said. “He makes his mistakes and as he gets better with reps every day, we look for him to get better and better and try to help us.”
As bland as that is, it’s pretty likely Bowles and his staff trust Adams to start at strong safety Week 1. If there’s nothing else green and white to root for that day, at least there will be Adams.