The Veteran Mindset of Jamal Adams – New York Jets News

The Veteran Mindset of Jamal Adams – New York Jets News

What is Jamal Adams‘ secret to having apparently skipped his rookie season and moved right on to NFL veteran status?

The key, he says, is locking in.

Adams, the Jets’ first-round safety starter, used some version of that verb phrase eight times in some eight minutes of speaking with me and then on camera for this week’s JetLife Insider feature, which will air on Saturday at 11:35 p.m. on CBS New York.

Where did all that rookieness go, I asked.

“I definitely feel I’m mature enough to go out there, do my job, do what the coaches ask me to do and try not to be a hero,” he said after today’s practice. “Just locking in at all times and doing my responsibilities.”

Without using the rookie’s phrase that pays, head coach Todd Bowles said his maturity showed through during “an outstanding game” in the Jets’ season opener at Buffalo.

“It wasn’t so much just the plays,” Bowles said. “His eyes were good, his reads were good. Everything he did, he did it the right way. He made the tackles when opportunities presented themselves. He made the plays he was supposed to make.”

Adams’ maturity informed his thoughts about his head coach’s praise — “It’s great to know … but as long as we didn’t win … that’s the most important goal” — and also on if he had a favorite play against the Bills — “Not really. I don’t look at highlights. I look at just making as many plays as I can for the team.”

Probably the one play he didn’t get a statistic for in his five-tackle, one-PD, 1.5-tackles-for-loss/no-gain outing was his most eye-popping. On the first drive of the game, in the end zone, he rocked Buffalo TE Charles Clay a split-second after a…

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