We began the 2017 season by revealing that first-round draftee Jamal Adams and second-rounder Marcus Maye were slated to become the first rookie starting safety duo on opening day in franchise history.
That billing wasn’t over the top, and neither were too many opponent passes. Adams and Maye teamed up to give fans of Green & White pass defense the expectation that those two would be patrolling the deep middle for seasons to come.
Although their roles were interchangeable, Adams thrived close to the line as he notched two sacks and recovered two opponent fumbles — becoming the first Jets DB to notch two-plus sacks and two-plus takeaways in a season since S Eric Smith in 2011. He was third on the defense with 83 tackles and led the D with 11 tackles to prevent conversions on third/fourth downs. And he crowned his season by at least being recognized among the top AFC Pro Bowl safeties as a third alternate. Dominate Jets’ S Story