Uncanny Instincts and Infectious Electricity is what Adams brings to Jets
The New York Jets and Safety Jamal Adams finalized a deal that will lock up the Strong Safety position in East Rutherford for the next four years.
Adams will smile when he wakes up to a lot more commas in his bank account. He secured a four-year $22.3 million dollar deal to become a member of the Gang Green. The newest member of the AFC East – who many considered the safest pick in this year’s NFL Draft – will have four seasons to prove why he’s worth every penny.
Sports Fan Entertainment’s creator MJ had this to say about Jamal Adams leading into the 2017 NFL Draft:
As a Titans fan, I was in disbelief that Adams was available at pick number 5. To me, Adams was a no brainer. I watched many games throughout his collegiate career with the LSU Tigers. What I witnessed is something the highlight videos can’t capture.
Adams has a momentous, contagious energy that is captivating. The passion he plays with elevated players around him – on both sides of the ball! His teammates were convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt he would leave every single cell in his body on the football field.
The rate at which he would dissect a play would increase as the games progressed. I don’t remember ever seeing something like it. It got to the point where it felt the offensive coordinator was sending the play calls to Adams!
Each week, Adams exemplified different – yet familiar qualities – from his strong safety position. His skill set made him an interchangeable chess piece. He could play at an exceptional level whether he was close to the line of scrimmage or playing deep.
Adams was like a chameleon His skills would adapt to wherever he was on the field.When watching college football and noticing a special, transcendent level talent, I found myself trying to find the perfect professional comparison. But week to week, I would notice something different.
I noticed the poise of Earl Thomas. I likened his passion and emotion to Brian Dawkins. His body type and charisma reminded me of Darren Woodson – especially when he would have complete disregard for his own well-being, and catapult his being as if he lacked a conscious. Adams was lethal.
Then, there was Adams’ aggressive nature. It was reminiscent of Rodney Harrison. The way in which Adams calculated his hit was remarkable. He would decipher the play, lock on to his target, engage and deliver some snot-bubbling hits that would leave me thinking “Damn, I’d hate to get hit by this guy in the open field.”
Adams put all the traits mentioned above on display every single Saturday. No matter where the football was, Adams was never too far behind.
Before I was full-fledged sold on Adams as my top pick of the 2017 NFL Draft, I had finally figured out who he truly reminded me of. Below was my interpretation of Adams.
Playing all over the field. Interchangeable. Sudden acceleration. No mercy for himself or others when delivering a hit. Played with a homicidal violence. Uncanny instincts. A leader of men. An adrenaline builder. Exuding energy through every pore.
I’ve seen a player like this before. Except Adams didn’t have the same hairstyle.
As a Titans fan, I hated the Steelers, but I loved Polamalu. Even on the plays where he made the Tennessee look flat-out embarrassing by jumping over the offensive line mid snap count to make the sack. I loved the way he played the game. He had the most ridiculous timing I have ever seen.
The difference making capability he had – not just on defense – but how it translated to affecting the outcome of a game is a quality I believe Adams within him.
I believed that if Adams could bring to Tennessee what Polamalu brought to Pittsburgh, how could they not select this guy? Especially falling into their lap at 5! I was already picturing it – Marcus Mariota could be the calm, cool leader on offense. Jamal Adams will bring his adrenaline and passion to the defensive side of the ball. This was too good to be true!
Well, it was exactly too good to be true. Tennessee selected Corey Davis and I was initially in complete shock that we passed on a potentially habitual Pro Bowl play maker. I’ve come to grips with the move now and am excited to have Davis.
In hindsight, that was the perfect move for Jon Robinson to make. Safety wasn’t a need, Receiver was. And by the looks of things, they chose the best one. But I’ll leave that discussion for another day.
It won’t be too hard for Adams to stand out in the Jets defense. He’ll have a few solid, young pieces around him – mainly Leonard Williams. Together the two will provide the some of the higher points for the New York Jets 2017 season.
With the offense looking like they’ll struggle to keep their head above water, Adams will at least show flashes of what kind of play maker the Jets will have on the defensive side of the ball. His play will have MetLife stadium overflowing with energy! Win or Lose!
The J-E-T-S should anticipate many bone rattling H-I-T-S from #33 for years to come.
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