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’ Matt Milano Out for Season
Milano, 24, was a standout for the Bills’ defense during their upset victory over the Minnesota Vikings which earned him AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors.
Milano’s spot on the roster is likely to be filled by Deon Lacey.
Raiders Fire Reggie McKenzie
The Oakland Raiders have fired general manager Reggie McKenzie, according to NFL Network insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero.
Raiders head coach Jon Gruden dodged questions regarding McKenzie’s job status following Sunday’s game;
“I don’t have any comment on that,” Gruden said, according to Michael Gehlken of the Review-Journal. “We’re going to build this team back. I know that. We’re going to bring the Raiders back.”
Raiders’ Jon Feliciano Done For Season
The Oakland Raiders will be without left guard Jon Feliciano who suffered a calk injury that will likely shut him down for the remainder of the season, according to the Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
Feliciano suffered the injury during Oakland’s surprise win over the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday.
Feliciano, 26, is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, and is a strong candidate to be re-signed by the rebuilding Raiders.
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