New York Jets SS Jamal Adams tallied the first pick-six of his NFL career on Sunday when he took advantage of quarterback Jarrett Stidham.
It was against the New York Jets that Tom Brady was officially unleashed on an unsuspecting NFL. His New England Patriots tried to unleash Brady’s potential successor in the late stages of another blowout over the Jets.
A loss was inevitable, but Jamal Adams made sure the rookie’s entry was memorable, creating some SEC-on-SEC violence to cap off an otherwise tough afternoon for the Jets.
The safety gave Stidham a rude welcome to the NFL, taking back a Stidham interception 61 yards for the score. His score, the first of his NFL career, allowed the Jets to create a respectable deficit of 30-14 in the late stages of another tough defeat in New England.
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With Brady aging, the search is likely on for the next generation of throwing in Foxboro.
Stidham, a fourth-round pick out of Auburn (133rd overall) from last spring’s draft, is perhaps one of the most legitimate heirs to the Brady throne yet. Stidham had a strong preseason, throwing for 731 yards and four scores over a quartet of exhibitions.
Head coach Bill Belichick reinserted Brady back in the game when the Patriots got the ball back after Adams’ touchdown. Brady set yet another NFL milestone in the early stages of the victory.
With a first-quarter touchdown pass, Brady took over sole possession of second place on the NFL’s all-time touchdown pass list, passing Drew Brees (524). Leader Peyton Manning is the next and last name to pass at 539.