FLORHAM PARK, N.J.-Safety Jamal Adams ended the 2018 season side-by-side with his teammates in a devastating loss to New England, but the improvement in his stats over 2017 can't be overlooked.
Adams, drafted six overall in the 2017 NFL Draft, signed a fully guaranteed 4-year contract worth $22.25 million that included a $14.32 million signing bonus in June of that year.
The New York Jets made a wise choice in drafting this young man out of LSU, named to the AP All-SEC first team his junior year. Football runs in his family; his dad George Adams is a former NFL running back who played for the New York Giants and the New England Patriots.
Adams just ended his 2nd year as a starter with the New York Jets. His 16 game stats from 2018 speak for themselves when compared to 2017:
- 115 combined tackles in 2018 versus just 83 in 2017
- 86 tackles in 2018, 63 in 2017
- 29 assisted tackles in 2018, 20 in 2017
- 3.5 sacks in 2018, 2 in 2017
- 3 forced fumbles in 2018, just 1 in 2017
- 38 yards in fumbled recovered yards in 2018 and 0 in 2017
With those stats now in the New York Jets history book, it's no wonder Adams is headed to his first Pro Bowl this year. According to many reports, Adams was the only non-special team New York Jet player to receive an All Pro vote.
Adams was also voted Jets MVP by his teammates. Could that be the reason Newsday reported that Adams is now the official recruiter for the New York Jets heading into the 2019 season. Is that some sick joke or what? Shouldn't that be the job of Christopher Johnson or Mike Maccagnan?
True, the 2018 season had lackluster name power on the field at MetLife Stadium, where the New York sports market should be capable of attracting major talent with nationwide name recognition.
I'm not discounting Anderson, Crowell, Williams and now Darnold and others, but if you're going to charge big bucks for tickets you should draft some big names. The New York Jets haven't been in the playoffs since 2010 and they need something to draw the fans back to the game.
If you're a season ticket holder, you know how hard it is to sell your tickets to a game at full price, no matter where you sit. Some fans report they wait until the morning of game day to buy their tickets, paying as little as 1/3 the face value of one ticket for two tickets, in prime locations. That's pitiful.
If ownership doesn't draft and trade for some excitement on the team in the near future, those who can play along with the amazing Jamal Adams, the stadium will be even emptier than it was this past year.