With the Jets riding a three-game winning streak heading into Sunday's matchup against the Patriots, rookie safety Jamal Adams is excited to go against a division rival.
"It's going to be a fun matchup, man," Adams told NorthJersey.com. "We just want to go out there and compete. We don't take it any different than the previous games. We don't look at it as a Super Bowl or anything. It's just another game in front of us and we have to go out there and compete."
So far in his first season, Adams has 18 total tackles and one sack, but struggled at times in coverage during last week's game against the Browns. Head coach Todd Bowles has been impressed with the way Adams has worked to improve after Week 5.
"He's hard on himself more than anybody," Bowles said. "But he just likes to have a good all-around game. When you like to have a good all-around game as a good player trying to be a great player, you have a few things to clean up every week. I think that's going to be a constant thing with him and that's what is pushing him to try to be great."
As for how Adams and fellow rookie safety Marcus Maye will fair against veteran Tom Brady and the Patriots' offensive attack, Bowles said it's going to be a strong test of wills.
"I've had veteran safeties go up against [Brady] and not do anything, so they're getting good experience every week," Bowles said. "We're just looking at this as another big ball game for them to play, and it's game number six, so whatever they learn and can learn, we just hope they keep moving forward."