Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye built a strong chemistry when the two were rookies in 2017. Last season injuries prevented the duo from building on that start to their careers.
Due to a slew of injuries, including shoulder and thumb issues, Maye was held to only six games played in 2018. Adams wasn't shaken by injuries. His season went in the opposite direction as he landed his first Pro Bowl nod.
However, Adams recognizes the success of the Jets' secondary takes more than just him and he recently told the team's website that he's excited to have Maye back healthy and ready to go for this year's training camp.
"He's a playmaker, man. There's no forgetting about Marcus Maye. I'm definitely humbled to share the field with him and call him a friend, call him a brother. He's going to be fine and he's going to make plays," Adams said. "He's the best, if not one of the best free safeties in the league."
After a disappointing 2018 and watching his teammate take his game to the next level, Maye said he's eager to prove himself again.
"It's definitely frustrating watching on the sideline because I know I could be out there right now, just running around with the team getting reps," Maye said. "Once I get out there and get the green light, I'm definitely going to go."
Through spring practice, Maye participated, but was limited in a red non-contact jersey. When 2019's training camp begins at the end of the month, Maye is expected to be a full participant.
As a rookie, Maye was fourth on the Jets with 76 tackles and added two interceptions. In his shortened second season, Maye added another 33 tackles and one interception.