New York Jets coach Todd Bowles enters his third season on shaky ground, but a rock solid first-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft should help calm the nerves of the defensive-minded coach.
Former LSU safety Jamal Adams, the No. 6 overall pick in late April, is the only New York draft choice who has yet to sign, but he’s been proving his worth as the 2017 season approaches.
One player who’s taken notice of Adams is a fellow Tigers alum who will play with him in the secondary, Morris Claiborne, who told NJ Advance Media’s Connor Hughes that Adams has been “unbelievable” based on what he’s shown so far.
Adams, who was named a First-Team All-American by CBS Sports after last season, is already atop the depth chart. That seems perfectly warranted when hearing the praise from Claiborne.
“He’s been out here playing lights out,” Claiborne said. “Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He’s having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He’s having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that’s football.
“I can’t be more impressed with a young guy coming into the league, and, especially playing on that backend, doing the things he’s done so far.”
Bowles is hoping Adams and Claiborne — a free-agent pickup by the team in March — can help to improve the Jets’ pass defense, which allowed a passer rating of 98.5, third-worst in the NFL last season.
“He’s just a football player,” Bowles told NJ Advance Media. “He made plays. He studies a lot, obviously. You don’t just get that way without studying. But he’s a very instinctive player.”