Jamal Adams, Marcus Maye
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New York Jets stud strong safety Jamal Adams simply can’t wait for his partner in football crime, Marcus Maye, to get back to balling.

Many words could be used to describe New York Jets strong safety Jamal Adams. Some such words include talented, mature, dynamic and just plain unbelievable.

However, there is one in particular that jumps to mind for the offensive weapons who have to face him: dog (or dawg, if you prefer). If there is one thing dog’s love, it is having the opportunity to play with others just like them.

Adams simply can’t wait for the return of Marcus Maye.

“He’s a playmaker, man. There’s no forgetting about Marcus Maye,” Adams said, via the team’s official website. “He’s a guy that can make plays on the ball. He’s the best, if not one of the best free safeties in the league. And I’m definitely humbled to share the field with him and call him a friend, call him a brother. He’s going to be fine and he’s going to make plays.”

The Jets selected Adams sixth overall and Maye 39th overall, respectively, in the 2017 NFL Draft. Together, they formed a lethal rookie safety tandem, finishing fifth in total combined tackles with 162. This tally fell short of only New England’s duo, Devin McCourty/Patrick Chung, Buffalo’s Jordan Poyer/Micah Hyde, San Diego’s Jahleel Addae/Tre Boston, and Oakland’s Reggie Nelson/Karl Joseph.

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That list contains 37 playoff appearances, five pro bowls and six Super Bowls. For two rookies to go out there and put themselves in a category with that type of pedigree provides everybody an idea the potential ahead.

Maye wasn’t able to help duplicate that performance, as he missed the first three games of the 2018 campaign with a foot injury. Even so, in Week 5 against Denver, he recorded a 104-yard INT return where he was comically tackled at the one-yard line. This set the record for the longest return without scoring in NFL history.

 

Unfortunately, Maye broke his thumb the following week. After battling through the next couple of games, he was placed on injured reserve in Week 10. With the Jets closing out the season losing nine out of 10 games, that promising 2017 season started to feel like it was in the rear-view mirror.

Luckily, the president is here to remind everyone the damage May can cause on the field.

An aggressive new coordinator in Gregg Williams, young new talents Quinnen Williams and Jachai Polite, veterans like C.J. Mosley and Brian Poole, and expected leaps from Leonard Williams and Trumaine Johnson should only ease Maye’s return. This, along with the rest of the team, will only be validated by wins and losses.

New York Jets fans for the past decade have only had hope. For the first time in a long time, thanks to the 2019 offseason, it finally seems warranted.

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