Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden had some high praise for New York Jets safety Jamal Adams this week.
The New York Jets will be looking for their third straight victory this Sunday afternoon. After ousting the New York Giants and Washington Redskins in consecutive weeks, Gang Green will take on the 6-4 Oakland Raiders. The Giants and Washington aren’t exactly the most impressive wins. Therefore, a victory over what may be a postseason ballclub could alter the general perception of the Jets.
There are definitely numerous weapons the Raiders will need to game plan against, such as running back Le’Veon Bell, wideout Jamison Crowder, and safety Jamal Adams. Oakland head coach Jon Gruden had some high praise for the latter when speaking to reporters this week.
“He is a fearless player, he’s one of the most aggressive players that you will see. His playing speed is rare,” Gruden said, per Kristian Dyer of Sports Illustrated’s Jets Maven.
“He’s a linebacker playing defensive back. He’s a defensive lineman playing defensive back. He’s a defensive back deluxe. He can do it all. He can rush, he can cover. He’s really good. He’s a sideline-to-sideline player. He has our attention.”
Adams has been a huge bright spot in what’s been mostly a disappointing season for the 3-7 Jets. Through 10 games, he leads the team in combined tackles (56), tackles-for-loss (11), sacks (6.0), passes defended (six), and forced fumbles (two). He also has one fumble recovery (returned for a touchdown) and one interception (one pick-six).
This Jets defense, as a whole, is 13th in the league with 332.4 yards allowed-per-game and 24th with 25.5 points allowed-per-game. It’s a group that’s struggled at times, but Adams is an undeniable bright spot.
The Jets and Raiders will kick off at MetLife Stadium this Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. ET.