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Jamal Adams: Jets Taking a 'Win-Now Mentality'

Energized Safety Likes the Defensive Additions, Also Buoyed by the Return of Backfield ‘Mate Marcus Maye


Losing does not sit well with Jamal Adams. The Jets' uber-competitive safety has tasted victory nine times over his first 32 professional games. Yearning for team success, Adams believes the victories have to start in the spring as the team participates in its offseason program.

"Obviously we're in New York. This is a win-now type of mentality and that's how we're taking it," Adams told reporters following a voluntary minicamp session. "We have to keep stacking the days and keep working out and I think we'll be fine."

Adams has been better than fine his first two seasons and the rest of the league has taken notice. His teammates voted him Curtis Martin Team MVP for a sophomore campaign that included 112 tackles, a team-leading 13 stops for loss/no gain, 8.5 tackles for loss and 13 tackles for loss/no gain on third/fourth downs preventing conversion. He also earned his first Pro Bowl selection and cashed in down in Orlando, capturing Defensive MVP honors for an effort that included two tackles and one interception.

So what's next for No. 33 in Year 3?

"Just getting better at everything. That's how I look at it. I don't put a limit on myself," he said. "Obviously I want to become a better teammate, a better person off the field and even on as far as communicating and reading. And as far as my eyes, having a step before the snap. Just getting better at everything – that's what I think I'm focused on."

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The Jets' defensive unit should be better in 2019 and one of the primary reasons was the addition of Mike linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency. Adams, who told Mosley the pair can achieve something in New York reminiscent of the Ravens' duo of Ed Reed and Ray Lewis, lined up with him on the AFC all-star squad.

"It's just crazy because at the Pro Bowl obviously I played with him on my side. I looked at him and was like, 'Man, if I played next to you, wow. It would be something special.' So here it is and we're excited for the journey," he said.

The 23-year-old Adams also was happy the Jets targeted the prospect he wanted in the draft. While Adams, the No. 6 overall selection in the 2017 NFL Draft out of LSU, wasn't tipping his hand before the league's annual selection meeting, he did go to social media to express his pleasure in general manager Mike Maccagnan's pick of Alabama DT Quinnen Williams with the club's third pick.

"For me, it's just crazy two years have flown by already," Adams said. "I remember it like it was yesterday, so I'm just excited for whoever they bring in. They're definitely going to come in and work hard."

Adams also feels whole now that fellow safety Marcus Maye has returned to the practice field. Maye, a Florida alum who was drafted a round behind Adams and played 16 games alongside him in 2017, was limited to six games last season due to various ailments.

"If I don't have him back there, it's like I'm missing an arm or something," Adams said of his partner. "It's definitely good to have him back out there with me."

Saying he has been pushed his whole life, Adams has enjoyed his interactions with new Jets defensive coordinator Gregg Williams. There is a lot new at One Jets Drive, but something that remains unchanged is Adams continues to move at warp speed in his quest to help the Green & White become a winner.

"It's a new scheme and new terminology, so obviously we have to pick up on a couple of new things, new little wrinkles," he said. "But at the same time, we're just going out there and stacking the days. We'll be fine as long as we communicate."

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