The New York Jets may be preparing for one of the longest and toughest seasons in franchise history, but the team has some building blocks to help their rebuild move a little faster.
One of those building blocks is safety Jamal Adams who the Jets are hoping is the cornerstone of their defense for years to come.
Adams has come under scrutiny as of late for his now infamous “die on the field” remarks in response to the media’s questions about head injuries, player safety and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE).
Several former Jets players are chiming in about their impressions of Adams thus far.
“When I was in college and then got into the league, I made similar comments,” former Jets lineback Marvin Jones said Tuesday in a phone interview (h/t ESPN).
“I was always looking for the perfect hit. I thought like that all the time. You love the game and you play hard. It’s a mentality. But as you grow up — he’s a young guy — your point of view changes as you get older.”
Marvin categorized Adams’ comments as “young, gung ho and trying to impress.”
“I felt the same way when I was his age,” former Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde said of Adams’ comments.
“This CTE stuff is not a game,” former Jets offensive lineman Damien Woody said. “A lot of guys are affected by it.”
“He hasn’t experienced the cold side of the game,” Woody said.
Former Jets player Wesley Walker, who is battling serious health complications, also spoke about Adams’ perspective of CTE and head injuries.
“I applaud him; he was talking about his love of the game,” said Walker.
“Me, personally, I wouldn’t want to die on a field. I had other passions in my life, and it wasn’t all about football.
“Knowing what I know now,” he continued, “I don’t know if I would’ve played after what I’ve gone through.”
One Jets player felt Roger Goodell, who was sitting next to Adams when the comments were made, could have helped the rookie.
“[Goodell] could’ve guided or corrected him in that situation,” the player said. “To say nothing was a slap in the face to the people suffering from it.”
Bills Sign Lee Smith
The signing marks a return for Smith as he played for the Bills from 2011 until 2014 before heading off to spent the last few seasons with the Oakland Raiders.
Smith is known for his blocking skills and is widely considered one of the league’s best blocking tight ends.
Dolphins Sign Mark Walton
Walton has the talent, and may be a good pickup for the Dolphins, but he is likely facing a suspension from the league for the arrests.
Chargers’ Phillip Rivers Content with Contract Situation
The Los Angeles Chargers will enter the 2019 season as one of the favorites in the AFC and veteran quarterback Phillip Rivers is feeling good about the upcoming season, as well as his current contract situation with the team.
The Chargers and Rivers could work out a contract extension, but Rivers isn’t stressing about that right now:
“I just feel at peace,” Rivers said, during an appearance on FOX Sports Radio San Diego. “If the extension is what works best for both of us and that’s how it plays out, then great. If not, shoot, let’s go have a heck of a 2019 and then we’ll worry about 2020 when we need to worry about it. I say that with every intention of being the quarterback in 2020 here. It’s not for any reason other than, hey, I signed up for this many years and this year is the last year running and let’s go if that’s what’s best. I really do feel at peace about it and feel good.”
Rivers is slated to earn $11 million in the final year of his contract.
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