After a hot start to his rookie season, Jets S Jamal Adams became the latest victim of Patriots' star TE Rob Gronkowski in the Jets' 24-17 loss on Sunday.
Adams had troubles with Gronk from the beginning of the game. The Jets had a 14-0 lead when Patriots QB Tom Brady launched a ball toward the back of the end zone intended for Gronkowski. Adams made a play on the ball, but refs said that he made too much contact with the 6-foot-6 tight end resulting in a pass interference call.
Dion Lewis would score on the next play, and Adams was still surprised as to why the refs threw the flag.
"But hey, they called it," Adams told the NY Daily News' Daniel Popper. "You got to live with it."
After securing a two-yard touchdown over Adams later in the half, Gronk broke out for a big play on the Patriots' first drive of the second half. He sprinted on a crossing route, and as Gronk secured a perfect pass Brady, Adams fell allowing the tight end to break free for a 33-yard touchdown.
It was Adams' first bad game of the season, and one he says he will definitely learn from.
"You find out where you are," Adams said. "Everybody's going to say what they want about me, which they can. That's fine. I'll learn from it and I'll build from it. I'll learn from the mistakes."
Adams finished the game with three tackles while Gronkowski had six receptions for 83 yards and two touchdowns.
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Rookie Jamal Adams had a tough time with Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski, who beat him for two touchdowns and drew a pass interference call to set up another.
In defense of Adams, he was extremely unlucky on the second touchdown, as he did an excellent job of eluding the rub route and recovering to jump the route, only to then trip over Gronkowski's foot just as the ball was arriving. Also, it wouldn't have been a touchdown had Marcus Maye not uncharacteristically taken a really bad angle in pursuit. The interference call was also very dubious. >> Read more on Adams and the Jets' defense in Bent's Game Analysis.