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.
Adams in the 2017 NFL season.
|No. 33 – New York Jets|
|Born:||October 17, 1995|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||213 lb (97 kg)|
|High school:||Hebron (Carrollton, Texas)|
|NFL Draft:||2017 / Round: 1 / Pick: 6|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2019|
|Player stats at PFR|
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.
Adams played in all 13 games with two starts as a true freshman at LSU in 2014 and had 66 tackles and a sack. As a sophomore, he was a second-team All-Southeastern Conference selection as a safety by the Associated Press (AP) and SEC coaches. As a junior, Adams was named to the AP All-SEC first team.
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.
|Jamal Adams' NFL Combine workout|
|Jamal Adams' 40-yard dash|
|Adams' 40-yard dash at LSU Pro Day|
|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 3⁄4 in
|33 3⁄8 in
|9 1⁄4 in
|4.56 s||1.60 s||2.67 s||4.13 s||6.96 s||31 1⁄2 in
|10 ft 0 in
|All values from 2017 NFL Combine.|
|Jets select Jamal Adams sixth overall|
|Jamal Adams draft profile|
Adams entered training camp competing against Calvin Pryor and fellow rookie Marcus Maye for a role as a starting safety. Head coach Todd Bowles named Adams the starting strong safety to begin the regular season, alongside free safety Marcus Maye.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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. Adams was named defensive MVP of the game. 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.
Adams was also named AP all second team safety. On December 28, Jamal Adams was named Curtis Martin Team MVP. Adams also became a part of the NFL top 100 for the first time in his career. He was ranked at #37.
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. On October 10, Adams had his previous fine rescinded after winning an appeal. 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 . He was named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance.  During Week 11 against the Washington Redskins, Adams finished with 3 sacks as the Jets won 34-17.
Jamal Adams also has a YouTube channel run by himself.
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- "NFL Player stats: Jamal Adams (2017)". NFL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "NFL Player stats: Jamal Adams (career)". NFL.com. Retrieved April 7, 2018.
- "Jets safety Jamal Adams makes first Pro Bowl". MSN. Retrieved December 18, 2018.
- "Brady, Patriots defense shine in 30-14 win over Jets". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
- "Jamal Adams wins appeal of fine for hit on Mayfield". NFL. Retrieved October 10, 2019.
- "Eww York: Darnold, Jets hold on to beat Jones, Giants 34-27". www.espn.com. November 10, 2019. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
- Bergman, Jeremy (November 13, 2019). "Jamal Adams, Jadeveon Clowney among Players of the Week". www.nfl.com. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
- New York connections: LSU safety Jamal Adams has some