Jets rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye impressed head coach Todd Bowles in their NFL debuts in Sunday's 21-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field.
Adams, whom the Jets drafted sixth overall, recorded five tackles and one pass defensed, while the second-round pick Maye recorded seven combined tackles.
"I thought Jamal had an outstanding game," Bowles said, according to NJ.com's Darryl Slater. "His eyes were good. He was physical. He played very smart. Minus one play, Marcus had a good ball game as well."
The 21-year-old Adams, who drew comparisons to Darren Woodson entering the draft, earned a grade of 71.5 by Pro Football Focus, which wrote, "... he struggled in run defense, but flashed ability in pass coverage. While he was beat for a long gain by Charles Clay early in the game, Adams made up for it by breaking up a pass and stopping Clay short of the sticks on a third down."
Adams and Maye take over for a secondary that lost Calvin Pryor, Marcus Gilchrist and Darrelle Revis from last season, and Bowles said he liked Adams' ability to read the ball.
"Everything he did, he did it the right way," Bowles said, according to Slater. "He made tackles when opportunities presented themselves, and he made the plays he was supposed to make. So he had a good ball game."
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Maye, in his first NFL game, had a rough performance. He was beaten for a short touchdown in man coverage and the announcers felt he was responsible for the receiver who leaked into the flat on Taylor's second touchdown pass. He also missed a couple of tackles and was involved in at least one other coverage mix-up.
Adams fared better than Maye but still had his ups and downs, missing a tackle on a long run and giving up a third down conversion in coverage. He made some nice plays close to the line and broke up a couple of passes, though. >> Read more about the performance of the safeties and the rest of the Jets' defense in Bent's Game Analysis