Jamal Adams: ‘I Feel Like I’m Scraping the Surface’

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After earning AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his performance against the Giants, safety Jamal Adams put his name in the hat for Week 11. The second-year safety racked up another three sacks in the Jets’ 34-17 win over the Redskins and now leads the team with six, which is also the most in a single season from a Jets DB in franchise history.

“It’s big, man. That’s just the goals that I set myself to go out and achieve because I just work each and every day to try and get better,” Adams said. “I just want to do more, man. I feel like I’m scraping the surface. The sky is the limit. I really feel like that.”

The 6’1”, 213-pounder has five sacks in his past two games and joined Carnell Lake (Weeks 14-15, 1997) as the only DBs with at least five sacks over a two-game span since 1982 when the individual sack became an official NFL statistic. He also became just the third DB to post a pair of sacks in back-to-back games, something that has not been accomplished since Jaguars CB Aaron Beasley in 2000.

“To me, it starts with the energy and attitude,” head coach Adam Gase said. “You feel him the whole game on the sideline, on the field, he’s bringing everything he has. He’s just laying it all out there and some of the plays that he’s making, it’s very impressive to watch him play. It’s just as consistent as you can get, too. He’s making unbelievable plays week after week.”

Adams finished the game with an additional four tackles and a quarterback hit, but the entire Jets defense was outstanding most of the afternoon as the Green & White allowed a season-low 225 yards, 123 of which came in the fourth quarter. The Jets held a 20-3 lead at the end of the first half even though Washington was set up on the Green & White’s 16- and 27-yard lines on back-to-back possessions after a Sam Darnold interception and a Vyncint Smith kick-return fumble. Dustin Hopkins put the Redskins on the board with a 44-yard field goal after Jon Bostic picked off Darnold but missed a 29-yard boot after the defense held Dwayne Haskins, who completed 54.3% of his passes for 214 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in his second career start, and the Redskins offense to another FG attempt.

“Our defense played a great game today, especially after my turnover to be able to go out there and hold them to a field goal,” Darnold said. “Then the kickoff return fumble, they did another great job of stopping their offense. Our defense played lights out today and I think that’s a huge reason for the win.”

In the second half, Adams put an end to the Redskins’ first drive with his third sack. For the second consecutive game, the Jets defense totaled six sacks — Adams (3), Nathan Shepherd (1), Henry Anderson (1), Frankie Luvu (0.5) and James Burgess (0.5) — and have now totaled 16 sacks in their last three games. Despite yet another impressive personal and team performance, Adams wants the team to finish stronger moving forward as the group yielded two touchdowns — one to Derrius Guice on a 45-yard pitch-and-catch and one to TE Jeremy Sprinkle with 1:55 left in the game.

“We wanted to switch up the different looks and show him something different than we showed last week. I think we were successful,” he said. “We did a great job the majority of the game. I don’t like the way we finished because I feel like we shouldn’t have given up those points, but at the end of the day, we did get the win and that’s the most important thing. We definitely have to clean some things up.”

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