Jets' first round pick, S Jamal Adams, has already impressed his new teammates, according to NJ.com's Connor Hughes.
The Jets were exuberant when Adams fell to their No. 6 slot in the 2017 NFL Draft as he was the player the wanted most. Participating at OTAs and mandatory minicamp, Adams has shown his teammates, like CB Morris Claiborne, why the front office was so high on him.
"The things he has done so far?" Claiborne said. "He's unbelievable...He's been out here playing lights out. Picking up the defense, checking to different things, knowing what he wants to check to. He's having fun doing it, too. His spirit is awesome. He's having fun doing what he knows how to do, and that's football."
Adams has displayed his athleticism at practice, laying out to breakup passes and forcing turnovers. He has even adjusted defenses after diagnosing the Jets' offense pre-snap.
"I can't be more impressed with a young guy coming into the league," Claiborne added, "and, especially playing on that backend, doing the things he's done so far."
Head coach Todd Bowles knows there is room for Adams to grow, but he loves what he has seen out of him.
"He's just a football player," Bowles said. "He made players. He studies a lot, obviously. You don't just get that way without studying. But, he's a very instinctive player."
"We knew he was talented, but he's learning the defense like everybody else. He makes his mistakes and as he gets better with reps every day, we look for him to get better and better and try to help us."
With S Calvin Pryor traded to the Cleveland Browns, the Jets have clearly made room for Adams to make an impact in his rookie campaign. In 12 games with the LSU Tigers last season, he tallied 76 tackles, one interception and four passes defended.