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Until we see Le’Veon Bell back on the football field as his old dominant self, Jamal Adams is the best player on the New York Jets roster based on what we saw last season (narrowly edging out CJ Mosley). Let’s take a quick look at all the different positions and ways he can impact a defense…
1 – The Inside Blitzer – Beginning from a traditional strong safety alignment, Adams creeps closer to the line of scrimmage pre-snap on this red-zone third down with a well timed blitz through the B-Gap. Adams timing, speed and athleticism allows him to bring down one of the more challenging quarterbacks in the league to tackle in space, Deshaun Watson.
2 – The Outside Blitzer – On first down, Adams starts close to the line of scrimmage, similar to a linebacker and comes off the edge to take on an overmatched Dolphins tight end (c’mon Adam Gase!), Adams is able to beat him to the outside, track down Ryan Tannehill and force a turnover. Questions around the Jets pass rush and edge rush are eased somewhat by Adams’ ability to do things like this.
3 – The Outside Corner vs. Tight Ends – Adams shadows Rob Gronkowski out to the X receiver (split end) position and matches up with him as an outside press corner. He demonstrates good technique off the line and completely shrinks down any window for Tom Brady to throw the football into it, nearly leading to an interception. (New England tried this two plays in a row, both unsuccessfully).
4 – The Downhill Safety vs. Tight Ends – From a traditional safety alignment, Adams is able to time up his close on Gronkowski’s out breaking pattern on third down from the slot/tight end position. He puts his helmet on the football and breaks up a should be completion, showing he can with both force and technique.
5 – The Edge Setting Run Enforcer – Adams is the de facto edge setter on this third and short against the Colts and more than holds his own. He holds his position, critical in a short yardage situation, then attacks downhill forcing a fumble with a vicious hit.
6 – The Run Blitz Enforcer – Similar to the first play, Adams comes crashing through the B-Gap, this time against the run. It looks like he is going to overrun the play but is able to shed his block at the last second and arm tackle LaGarrette Blount, one of the larger downhill runners in the NFL.
7- The Slot Corner vs. Wide Receivers – The Lions try to attack vertically to their outside receiver but Adams ranges over from the slot to break up an attempted back shoulder throw. This was the type of play that Adams struggled with his rookie season but was able to make with much higher consistency in 2018.
8 – The Backside Run Disruptor – More damage from Adams as a blitzer, this time against the run. He does a great job throttling down here and pouncing behind the line of scrimmage to take away the Vikings attempt of trying to attack weak side with an early down run.
9 – The Decoy, Punt Forcer – Adams shows blitz on third down but then drops off into short zone coverage before crashing down on the outside receiver’s quick slant route on third down, wrapping him up safely before the first down marker.
10 – The Tackler – Adams comes downhill from a deep safety alignment against a short shoot route from Evan Engram and is able to stick him to prevent even a single yard of YAC. This play is designed for Engram to make somebody miss to move the chains. Adams regularly prevents any and all tight ends from doing this.
11 – The Opportunist – Adams only has one interception through two years but has created more than a handful of interceptions for his teammates. On his only interception, he benefitted from being in the right place at the right time as a slot corner off a deflected pass but these plays will start happening more frequently as he further develops as a player.
12 – The Sophomore Stat Line
- 115 total tackles, 86 solo tackles
- 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
- 1 fumble recovery, 1 interception
- 12 passes defensed, 9 tackles for a loss
- 89.7 PFF Grade (2nd highest in the NFL for a safety)
- 2nd Team All-Pro