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Inside Jets’ Jamal Adams’ 1st NFL game stuck on the sidelines | Will his performance help sway Joe Douglas?

Updated 6:48 AM;Today 6:34 AM 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last week, Jamal Adams was near tears in his locker after the Jets’ defeat in Cincinnati.

This week, the Jets’ Pro Bowl safety refused to let his injured ankle run him down – even if he couldn’t actually run around between the white lines.

“He didn’t have to be (on the field), he could have sat in the box, knowing he was hurt, pissed off that he couldn’t play,” outside linebacker Jordan Jenkins said. "But he was out there helping out those boys. It was a pretty big deal for them.”

Adams spent Sunday’s 22-21 win over the Dolphins stuck on the sidelines of MetLife Stadium. It was his first-ever NFL game missed after playing 44 straight to start his career. More impressive, it snapped a streak of 80 consecutive games played dating back to his freshman season at LSU.

So, clearly, Adams isn’t used to being sidelined on game days. But he was clearly determined to make himself useful during the Week 14 anyway.

“Every time we would step out on the field, he was the last person to talk to (the DBs)," safety Marcus Maye said.

Adams did plenty more talking during and between drives, too.

Just before the Jets punted on their opening drive, Adams went to work; he located a team staffer on the sideline and got set up with an earpiece. For what remained of the 60 minutes, Adams could be spotted occasionally covering his ears with his hands, presumably to make sure he could hear the defensive chatter over the crowd noise.

Then he took that information, plus whatever he saw with his own eyes, back to the bench with him.

All day long, Adams chatted with Maye – who transitioned from free safety into Adams’ strong safety spot – and Darryl Roberts – who moved from cornerback to Maye’s position. He grabbed the tablet. He watched back tape. He relayed pointers.

“He wants to compete in any way he can," cornerback Bennett Jackson said, “so he was just doing what he could from the sideline, really."

Adams’ presence seemed particularly important for Maye, who said his usual battery mate kept reminding him of certain keys and bringing up important tidbits on how to fill his shoes. That followed a week’s worth of Adams’ work making sure Maye was up to speed for the positional change.

“He’s another coach out there, at the end of the day,” Jackson said. “Marcus is playing a different position, so it’s a bonus to have Jamal right there talking to you – boom, boom, boom, while coach can still give you something quick, but still coach everybody else too.”

Standing on the sidelines didn’t squash Adams’ penchant for crystal-clear body language, either.

He waved his white Gatorade towel before every third down. He grimaced and shook his head when Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick his Allen Hurns for a 14-yard grab on third-and-10 during that first drive. He went high-stepping up the sideline after Roberts crushed Albert Wilson with the hit of the day. He put his hand on top of his head and gawked at the video board, dumbfounded, during an early Fitzpatrick scramble. He signaled pleadingly for a turnover after the Jets jarred the ball loose on that same play. He threw his hands up in disgust after a, uh, borderline personal foul against linebacker James Burgess.

To hear Maye and Roberts tell it, that radiating intensity could be felt from the field.

“You know how Jamal is, he’s always out there flying around, energetic,” Roberts said. "So we have to be the same way when he’s not in, we have to pick up the slack.”

Even from outside the DB circle, Jenkins could feel that transfer of energy at work.

“As loud-mouth as he is, he’s a natural leader in that room,” Jenkins joked. “Those guys, the young guys look up to him and know that him being down there just showed a lot of support and maybe inspiration.”

Five or six weeks ago, it would have been outlandish to consider Adams an inspiration, as he butted heads with Jets brass over his trade-deadline drama. But if the team needed any further proof that Adams is fully committed to the cause, Sunday should have been it.

No, Adams’ performance Sunday didn’t inch him any closer to the defensive back sack record. But it made a significant impact. It was noticed around the locker room.

“That’s just all about us being close as a group and us being friends,” Roberts said. "He’s a big help to the team, point blank, period – no matter if he’s active or inactive. It’s always good to have him out there.”


 


Clearly, Adams’ presence Sunday counted for something with his teammates.

The question is how much a performance like that matters to team decision makers in the front office. But one thing’s for sure: Sunday’s display should go down as an important data point that general manager Joe Douglas considers while weighing Adams’ value this offseason.

Adams has always been plenty good at filling up the box score. But sometimes big plays can mask the true power of intangibles. Adams had the chance to really let those shine against the Dolphins – and he delivered.

 by Matt Stypulkoski

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4 minutes ago, Apache 51 said:

As loud-mouth as he is, he’s a natural leader in that room,” Jenkins joked. “Those guys, the young guys look up to him and know that him being down there just showed a lot of support and maybe inspiration.”

Wow ouch damn 

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if this team wins anytime soon it will be because of players like Jamal Adams 

guys who actually give a crap

they need more Adams not less

and in terms of "swaying" Douglas, sway him about what? A trade with Jerruh JOnes which doesn't exist? He's on his rookie deal and should be resigned until infinity 

it's not hard you draft an all pro you keep an all pro 

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2 minutes ago, Patriot Killa said:

We really publishing articles about a player who who didn’t play the game?

Not only that; they’re writing articles giving Adams credit for the play of the secondary in a game in which he didn’t play and without mention of the fact that Fitzpatrick shredded this defense when Adams did play. 

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13 minutes ago, bitonti said:

if this team wins anytime soon it will be because of players like Jamal Adams 

guys who actually give a crap

they need more Adams not less

and in terms of "swaying" Douglas, sway him about what? A trade with Jerruh JOnes which doesn't exist? He's on his rookie deal and should be resigned until infinity 

it's not hard you draft an all pro you keep an all pro 

 

You're talking about the ATTITUDE of Jamal Adams.  Which I would question anyways, because when the players had a "team only" meeting, Jamal wasn't even mentioned.  We have a player with the right attitude AND talent, and his name is CJ Mosley.  It's a real shame he only played half of a game.  

Why are you assuming the trade with Jerry Jones no longer exists?  If you think so highly of Jamal there should be teams lining up for his services, no?

The last sentence is too simplistic.  You don't keep every All-Pro caliber player, especially if they don't move the needle for a franchise.  We've won 13 games with Jamal Adams on the field and somehow you think we can justify paying him CB1 money?  Come on.  

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14 minutes ago, bitonti said:

if this team wins anytime soon it will be because of players like Jamal Adams 

guys who actually give a crap

they need more Adams not less

and in terms of "swaying" Douglas, sway him about what? A trade with Jerruh JOnes which doesn't exist? He's on his rookie deal and should be resigned until infinity 

it's not hard you draft an all pro you keep an all pro 

The only draft pick compensation we should even consider with Adams is what should actually come out of tampering charges against Dallas for causing the problem we had with Jones leaking this whole potential trade situation out to the Media which impacted our team and should not be allowed since it is a clear violation of you cannot talk about players under contract.

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I just think the guy is a total phoney the signs have come out already with his crying near the draft deadline over nothing.  As others have said he will be holding out sooner than later.

He boosts his own image as often as possible and has thrown team mates under the bus before  "We need more dawgs here!"

DB sack record?  If your DB has a sack record it means two things.  1) you have noone at all that can rush the passer from positions that are supposed to rush the passer.  2)  You are compromising your defense and gambling by having a safety blitz so often.

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28 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

Not only that; they’re writing articles giving Adams credit for the play of the secondary in a game in which he didn’t play and without mention of the fact that Fitzpatrick shredded this defense when Adams did play. 

Well, if this is the road we are going to go down, in the game that Jamal did not play, Fitzpatrick had 65 yards rushing on 5 attempts. In the game Adams played, Fitzpatrick had 5 rushes and 2 yards.

Quid pro quo.

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Just now, Scott Dierking said:

Well, if this is the road we are going to go down, in the game that Jamal did not play, Fitzpatrick had 65 yards rushing on 5 attempts. In the game Adams played, Fitzpatrick had 5 rushes and 2 yards.

Quid pro quo.

You’re the Louie Gohmert of JetNation

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16 minutes ago, T0mShane said:

I would bet you nine million dollars that Adams’ agent went to Stypulski to push this story. No way anyone with a platform comes up with this tripe on his own. Release your tax returns, Stypulski

Exactly right. 

This has the unquestionable smell of an agent making sure Jamal's name is still getting mentioned because... it was a W. 

If we lost this game, this article would focus solely on how badly Jamals absense was felt on the field. 

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2 minutes ago, JTJet said:

Exactly right. 

This has the unquestionable smell of an agent making sure Jamal's name is still getting mentioned because... it was a W. 

If we lost this game, this article would focus solely on how badly Jamals abscense was felt on the field. 

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8 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

Well, if this is the road we are going to go down, in the game that Jamal did not play, Fitzpatrick had 65 yards rushing on 5 attempts. In the game Adams played, Fitzpatrick had 5 rushes and 2 yards.

Quid pro quo.

Whut? 

Fitz torched us for 288 yards and 3 TDs on Jamal and the secondary during the first game... he didnt even need to bother to run. 

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19 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

He rushed 5 times in both games. 

Point being, that you are trying to highlight how much Jamal affected the first game by merely being present, yet... Fitz shredded him and the secondary he is the leader of through the air that game.

 

Fitz vs Jamal

290 Total Yards - 3 TDs 0 INTs

Fits vs No Jamal 

310 Total Yards - 0 TDs 1 INTs 

 

Pretty sure we would all rather have the second scenario, right @T0mShane ?

 

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26 minutes ago, Scott Dierking said:

Well, if this is the road we are going to go down, in the game that Jamal did not play, Fitzpatrick had 65 yards rushing on 5 attempts. In the game Adams played, Fitzpatrick had 5 rushes and 2 yards.

Quid pro quo.

Yeah fitz passed for 290 yards 3 tds and we lost when jamal was there. 

Your safety is supposed to be part of a pass defense.

Why run as a QB when the safety is blitzing every play and you can kill the other teams bad corners because they have no help?

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7 minutes ago, JTJet said:

Point being, that you are trying to highlight how much Jamal affected the first game by merely being present, yet... Fitz shredded him and the secondary he is the leader of through the air that game.

 

Fitz vs Jamal

290 Total Yards - 3 TDs 0 INTs

Fits vs No Jamal 

Fitz 310 Total Yards - 0 TDs 1 INTs 

 

Pretty sure we would all rather have the second scenario, right @T0mShane ?

 

Are you saying the conditions and all the supporting players were exactly the same? Sat weeneis have told me these things are important.

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3 minutes ago, Beerfish said:

Yeah fitz passed for 290 yards 3 tds and we lost when jamal was there. 

Your safety is supposed to be part of a pass defense.

Why run as a QB when the safety is blitzing every play and you can kill the other teams bad corners because they have no help?

 

Don't worry.  Once we get 2 edge rushers, 2 new corners and everybody 100 % healthy THEN you'll see what a Jamal Adams-led defense REALLY can do!!

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