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Who Will Lead the Jets in Interceptions 2024 Season?

Tony Adams Led Green & White with 3 Picks in 2023 Season; Sauce Gardner Looking to Create More Turnovers


Throughout the offseason, reporters Eric Allen, Ethan Greenberg, Randy Lange, Caroline Hendershot and John Pullano will give their responses to a series of questions regarding this year's Jets.

Today's question: Who will lead the Jets in interceptions in the 2024 season?

EG: I'm going with Sauce Gardner. Gardner has been one of, if not, the best cornerbacks in the NFL over the past two seasons. He didn't have any interceptions last season after 2 picks as a rookie, but he also did not see as many targets. Gardner was targeted 31 fewer times in the 2023 season compared to '22. His coverage may almost be too sticky for quarterbacks to throw his way, but the Jets defense will likely have more passes thrown against it this coming season. With a healthy Aaron Rodgers and improved offense, the defense should be playing with more leads, which would lead to more opportunities for interceptions. Gardner has made it a point to improve forcing turnovers, head coach Robert Saleh has stressed that point, too, and Gardner, a two-time first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowler, is uber talented. Like his recent golf addiction, when he puts his mind to it, he sees it through.

Take a look at photos of the Jets CB group during the 2024 offseason.

CH: There are a lot of candidates for the answer to this question. Last year, Ashtyn Davis had 3 interceptions, Tony Adams had 3 and DJ Reed had 1. Michael Carter II had 2 interceptions that were later called back because of penalties. I think, however, the Jets' leader in picks in the 2024 season will be LB Quincy Williams. When I spoke to Williams earlier this offseason, he told me his primary focus this offseason was creating turnovers. "I think I dropped 7 interceptions and only got one of them last year," he said. "So, I am working on my hands, hand-eye coordination, finding the air behind the ball when I'm punching out." Last year was his best statistical year with 139 tackles, 1 interception, 10 passes defensed and 2 forced fumbles. While he was named an All-Pro, he didn't make the Pro Bowl. I think that part of his drive this coming season.

JP: I will have to go with one of the Jets safeties – Tony Adams or Chuck Clark. The Jets have the best cornerback trio in the NFL of Sauce Gardner, D.J. Reed and nickelback Micheal Carter II, but each of the last two seasons the team has been led in interceptions by one a safety – Jordan Whitehead in 2023 and Lamarcus Joyner in 2022. For this exercise I will go with Adams. Clark will be coming off a torn ACL and this fall will be the start of Adams' third year with New York after being signed as an undrafted free agent in 2022. Last season he recorded the first 3 interceptions of his career – two coming in the final three weeks of the season and the other against the Eagles in Week 6 that led to the game-winning score. I predict Adams will ride the momentum from the close last year, but don't forget about fellow Jets safety Ashtyn Davis, who showed promise in limited action last season and recorded 4 takeaways. He could receive an increase in snaps in '24.

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