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.”
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