Jamal Lee Adams (born October 17, 1995) is an American football strong safety for the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at LSU, and was drafted sixth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft by the Jets.

Jamal Adams
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Adams in the 2017 NFL season.
No. 33 – New York Jets
Position:Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-17) October 17, 1995 (age 24)
Lewisville, Texas
Height:6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)
NFL Draft:2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019
Total tackles:273
Forced fumbles:6
Fumble recoveries:3
Defensive touchdowns:2
Player stats at NFL.com
Player stats at PFR

Early years

Adams attended Hebron High School in Carrollton, Texas. During his final two years, he had 138 tackles and seven interceptions on defense and 20 touchdowns on offense. In his senior year, Hebron finished 8–4 on the season, advancing to the UIL 5A Division II Area final at AT&T Stadium, where they lost 42–21 to Cedar Hill.[1]

Adams was rated by Scout.com as a five star recruit and was ranked among the top ten overall recruits in his class.[2] He committed to Louisiana State University (LSU) to play college football.[3][4]

College career

Adams played in all 13 games with two starts as a true freshman at LSU in 2014 and had 66 tackles and a sack.[5][6] As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a safety by the Associated Press (AP) and SEC coaches.[7][8] As a junior, Adams was named to the AP All-SEC first team.[9]

On January 6, 2017, Adams announced that he would forgo his senior season and enter the 2017 NFL Draft.[10]

College statistics

Year Team GP Tackles Loss Sacks Int FF
2014 LSU 12 66 5.0 1.0 0 0
2015 LSU 12 67 5.5 0.0 4 1
2016 LSU 12 76 7.5 1.0 1 1
College Totals 36 209 18.0 2.0 5 2

Professional career

Coming out of college, Adams was invited to the NFL Combine and performed all the required drills. On May 4, 2017, Adams attended LSU's pro day and opted to run the 40-yard dash (4.40s), 20-yard dash (2.57s), and 10-yard dash (1.58s) and was able to improve on his combine numbers. He was projected to be a first round pick by the majority of analysts and scouts. Sports Illustrated, DraftScout.com, Pro Football Focus, and ESPN ranked Adams the top safety in the draft.[11][12][13]

External video
  Jamal Adams' NFL Combine workout
  Jamal Adams' 40-yard dash
  Adams' 40-yard dash at LSU Pro Day
Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
5 ft 11 34 in
(1.82 m)
214 lb
(97 kg)
33 38 in
(0.85 m)
9 14 in
(0.23 m)
4.56 s 1.60 s 2.67 s 4.13 s 6.96 s 31 12 in
(0.80 m)
10 ft 0 in
(3.05 m)
18 reps
All values from 2017 NFL Combine.[14][15]

The New York Jets selected Adams with the sixth overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.[16] He was the first defensive back selected in 2017.

External video
  Jets select Jamal Adams sixth overall
  Jamal Adams draft profile


On July 20, 2017, the New York Jets signed Adams to a fully guaranteed four-year, $22.25 million contract that includes a $14.32 million signing bonus.[17][18][19]

Adams entered training camp competing against Calvin Pryor and fellow rookie Marcus Maye for a role as a starting safety.[20] Head coach Todd Bowles named Adams the starting strong safety to begin the regular season, alongside free safety Marcus Maye.[21]

He made his professional regular season debut and first career start in the New York Jets' season-opener at the Buffalo Bills and recorded five combined tackles and deflected a pass in their 21–12 loss. Adams made his first career tackle on running back Mike Tolbert after his 13-yard run on the Bills' first drive.[22] On September 24, 2017, Adams recorded two solo tackles, broke up a pass, and made his first career sack on quarterback Jay Cutler during a 20–6 win against the Miami Dolphins.[23] In Week 17, he collected a season-high ten combined tackles (three solo) and a pass deflection in the Jets' 26–6 loss at the New England Patriots.[24] He finished his rookie season in 2017 with 83 combined tackles (63 solo), six pass deflections, and two sacks in 16 games and 16 starts.[25]


In 2018, Jamal Adams got his first career interception off of Matt Cassel at the Jets season opener at the Lions. The Jets ultimately won the game 48-17. Jamal Adams remained an active and strong leader for the Jets which won himself a captain spot on the Jets roster. He finished his second season with 115 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles with 1 recovered fumble, and 1 interception in all 16 games he started.

On December 18, Adams was named a Pro Bowl selection for the first time in his career.[26] Adams was named defensive MVP of the game.[27][citation needed] Jamal Adams became viral after an incident where he tackled the New England Patriots mascot at a 2019 Pro Bowl practice. This was due to the fierce rivalry of the New York Jets and New England Patriots. Adams apologized and let the Patriots mascot tackle him back.[28]

Adams was also named AP all second team safety. On December 28, Jamal Adams was named Curtis Martin Team MVP.[29] Adams also became a part of the NFL top 100 for the first time in his career. He was ranked at #37.[30]


On September 18, Adams was fined $21,000 for a hit he made on Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football against the Browns in Week 2. In week 3 against the New England Patriots, Adams recorded a 61-yard pick six off rookie quarterback Jarrett Stidham in the 30–14 loss. This was Adams' first interception of the season and his first career pick six.[31] On October 10, Adams had his previous fine rescinded after winning an appeal.[32] In week 10 against the New York Giants, Adams recorded a team high 9 tackles and sacked Daniel Jones twice, one of which was a strip sack that he forced and returned for a 25 yard touchdown, as the Jets won 34–27 win .[33] He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. [34] During Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, Adams finished with 3 sacks as the Jets won 34-17.

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Games Tackles Interceptions Fumbles
Year Team GP GS Comb Solo Ast Sck PDef Int Yds Avg Lng TDs FF FR
2017 NYJ 16 16 83 63 20 2.0 6 -- -- 0.0 -- -- 1 --
2018 NYJ 16 16 115 86 29 3.5 12 1 38 38.0 38 0 3 --

Personal life

His father, running back George Adams, played in the National Football League (NFL) from 1985 to 1991.[35]

Jamal Adams also has a YouTube channel run by himself.


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