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Phillip Adams One of Jets' Few Bright Spots

Posted Oct 6, 2014

CB Came Up with Green & White's First INT of Season, Played Multiple Roles in Tough Loss at SD

Jets defensive backs spoke all week about the need to come up with an interception against Philip Rivers and the Chargers. And they got one from CB Phillip Adams.

The play came 2:45 into the second quarter with the Chargers, leading 7-0, driving into Jets territory. Adams, guarding WR Keenan Allen and with help over the top from S Calvin Pryor, made a play on the ball.

“I saw the ball in the air. I turned around and got it. I went up for it. [Allen] likes to go up for the ball. He is a ball type receiver,” he said. “He is aggressive when he gets up in the air. I had to snatch it from him because he was going to grab it out of my hand.”

The play appeared to be a momentum changer, with the Green & White getting the ball back with more than 12 minutes left in the second quarter and down by only one score. On the next play from scrimmage, however, RB Chris Johnson fumbled the ball back to Rivers and the ‘Bolts, who went on to their second touchdown in the 31-0 victory.

“You definitely hope it will," Adams said of his pick providing much-needed momentum. "You want to make those types of plays to help the team out. When they are available to make them, you want to be able to make them. Those will always help the game.”

Adams was able to help the game in other ways as well, stepping in for CB Darrin Walls, who left early with a knee injury, while also playing his role on special teams.

He played different positions in the defensive backfield and said his teammates deserve credit for their presnap communication with him.

“When they ask me to handle all these things, I step up to the plate,” Adams said. “My teammates helped me a lot. They communicated with me, which allows me to go through the process smooth.”

Head coach Rex Ryan said Adams’ performance was one of the few bright spots in the Jets’ loss.

“I put a lot on Phillip’s plate. He had to back up both corners, nickel, everything.” Ryan said. “He was running every snap and also playing teams. That’s tough on a young man. I was proud of the way he played. I was proud of the way he prepared. That was probably the only good thing there was in that game.”

Rivers finished the day 20-for-28 for 288 yards and three touchdowns for a passer rating of 125.3, his fourth consecutive game with a 120-plus rating. Adams said he and the rest of the defense plans on learning from Rivers’ performance.

“He's a good quarterback. He's on a rhythm right now,” he said. “Kudos to them. They played a good game. We need to go back in and fix things and move on.”




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