Ben DiNapoli previews the 2018 New York Jets secondary…
For Jets fans, it feels like a lifetime ago when Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie were consistently locking down receivers on a weekly basis. Yes, things have definitely changed since the two aforementioned players left New York; the secondary has not yet been able to fully bounce back. After showing promise in their rookie years, Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye are hungry and looking to build on solid first seasons this coming year. Add in a splash free agent signing at cornerback and some lofty player predictions and fans finally have some hope for the secondary heading into 2018. The big question that remains is will this unit rise to the occasion? Or will they fail to live up to the hype and fall flat yet again?
Ben DiNapoli with a closer look at New York Jets CB Derrick Jones
Coming out of Ole Miss last year, Derrick Jones was a bit of an unknown – a player with intrigue, but also low expectations and uncertainty. As a player who split time at both receiver and cornerback, scouts weren’t quite sure how he’d fit in at the NFL level, if at all. Many projected him to be an undrafted free agent, but he wound up landing with the New York Jets in the sixth round – one of two corners selected by the Jets in round 6. After a largely uneventful rookie season, Jones entered 2018 with questions around whether he would stick around or be yet another Maccagnan draft pick cut before seeing any substantial time on the field. How has the second year pro responded? Has he folded or played his way up the depth chart?
Ben DiNapoli compares Jamal Adams’ 2017 season to other rookie safeties and breaks down what he needs to do to make a leap during his sophomore year…
Coming into the 2017 NFL draft, many pegged Jamal Adams as the most complete prospect available and someone who could step in immediately and be a difference maker. This led the Jets to selecting Adams with the #6 overall pick, ahead of quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Patrick Mahomes. Taking a look back at his rookie season, Adams flashed a lot of the potential that had scouts so excited in the first place.
He played in all 16 games and finished with 83 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 6 passes defended and 2 sacks. While those are some pretty impressive stats for a rookie, one of the biggest things that stands out about him is something you can’t see on paper: his leadership. From the first day he stepped on the field, Adams immediately became one of the team’s leaders. The defense follows him, whether it be through delegating assignments or breaking out dance moves during a time out.