Jets rookie safety Jamal Adams said today that his tweet on Tuesday about not making the Pro Bowl on Monday was not about him this year but about his team in the coming years.
"It wasn't anything out of anger, man," Adams told reporters after practice about being named a third alternate on the AFC roster for the league's annual all-star game Jan. 28 in Orlando. "I'm never trying to shoot anything negative to anybody. It's never about me. It's about this team, about this organization, about setting a foundation, creating change, getting this team where it needs to be."
Adams, the Jets' sixth overall pick of the April draft out of LSU, is nearing the end of a strong rookie season. He has 66 tackles, two sacks, 5.5 tackles for loss (and 10.0 tackles for loss/no gain), four pass defenses, two fumble recoveries, and his first forced fumble as a pro against WR Brandon Coleman and the Saints on Sunday.
Many of his followers felt he and fellow rookie S Marcus Maye should have gotten strong Pro Bowl consideration. But the initial AFC roster based on the combined voting of players, coaches and fans lists the Dolphins' Reshad Jones and the Bills' Micah Hyde as the strong safeties and the Ravens' Eric Weddle at free safety.
Adams the next day tweeted, "I won't miss another Pro Bowl. Believe that."
"Everybody in here should be confident," Adams said when asked what makes him think he'll be an annual PB participant. "When you go on the football field, we have one goal and one goal only and that's to win. But not only that, you want to be the best at what you do at your position. So I've always had the swagger and the confidence in myself, and I know what I'm capable of. So I tweeted it, I stand by it, and it just is what it is."
Adams, of course, could still play in the game if enough players and alternates ahead of him drop out due to injury or playing for teams in the Super Bowl. DL Leonard Williams played last year as a first alternate. And Adams confirmed he will represent the Jets, "of course, no question," if tabbed to go in the next month.
But while that would be icing on the cake of his first pro season, it's not the focus for him or Green & White fans in Week 16 and 17 and on into '18.
"Obviously, it's about this game coming up. We've got a great Chargers organization coming in and we're trying to get that win," he said.
"My intentions coming into the Jets facility when I was drafted wasn't about the Pro Bowl. It was about making a change. We're setting a foundation, we're finishing strong these last two games. Then we're starting up, getting ready for next year."
Jets Returned to the Practice Field on Wednesday to Begin Prep for Week 16