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Rookie Safety Tandem Enters Spotlight

Jets 2017 Training Camp Preview: Safeties


OverviewThe Jets shuffled the secondary through the Draft with the selections of first- and second-round picks Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. Rontez Miles is a physical run stopper who has also served as a key special teams player during his tenure with the Green & White. Doug Middleton, Ronald Martin and Shamarko Thomas are all young players who will have opportunities to earn roster spots.  

In the SpotlightIt's hard to ignore Adams, who was arguably the cleanest prospect in this year's Draft. Pundits, along with Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan and head coach Todd Bowles, were surprised he slipped to No. 6 overall. Coaches liked what they saw from the LSU product throughout the spring as Adams showed a good understanding of defensive coordinator Kacy Rodgers' system.  

Get to Know the Safeties Heading into Camp

Position BattlesHow will Adams and Maye handle their first NFL training camps? Maye, who received first-team reps alongside Adams in OTAs, hopes to get clearance for camp contact. He wore a red non-contact jersey in June as he's slowly working him back from a broken left arm. Miles has the most experience as a member of the Jets and Middleton did some good things in his short stint on the active roster at the end of 2016. Martin has appeared in 11 games over his three-year career and the 26-year-old Thomas has seen the most game action out of anyone in the unit.

From App State to The Big Apple
You may remember Middleton for recovering the "kick-six" in Week 17 against the Bills at MetLife Stadium, but the 6'0", 210-pounder wants to make a name for himself on defense. The Appalachian State product recorded five tackles, one QB hit and almost came away with an interception in his four weeks on the active roster. The 2016 undrafted free agent is chomping at the bit to make the 53-man roster after spending the majority off last year on the practice squad.

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