NFL’s top safeties ranking has NY Jet ahead of Jamal Adams
New York Jets fans will laugh hysterically at this NFL safety ranking
Ever since the New York Jets traded safety Jamal Adams to the Seattle Seahawks in 2020, Jets fans have been constantly on the lookout for opportunities to throw shade at the franchise’s former face. their team. And, of course, those opportunities were plentiful given the major struggles of Adams and the Seahawks.
This latest news is a juicy weapon for Jets fans to use in anti-Adams arguments.
Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus recently released a ranking of the NFL’s top safeties. In it, Monson separates the best safeties in the league based on their roles and ranks them against other safeties that are used in the same way.
The list includes four groups: “Coverage Free Safety”, “Matchup Slot”, “All-Around”, and “Box Strong Safety”.
In the “Box Strong Safety” group, Monson ranks Adams third. Budda Baker of Arizona ranks first.
Second place — one spot ahead of Adams — is New York Jets safety Jordan Whitehead.
New York signed the former Buccaneer to a two-year, $14.5 million contract in free agency. Whitehead, 25, is a hard hitter who is making a huge impact in the running game. In each of the last two seasons, he’s ranked fourth among safeties in running stoppages, collecting 18 in 2021 and 19 in 2020. His total of 18 running stoppages in 2021 tied the combined mark for all safeties on the Jets roster.
Whitehead is also an enforcer in zone coverage. The Pittsburgh alum ranked 11th out of 105 qualified safeties (90th percentile) with a 51.8 allowable passer rating in zone coverage last season.
The trade package the Jets received for Adams essentially turned into Alijah Vera-Tucker and Garrett Wilson, two of the top 15 draft picks who project to be centerpieces for the Jets offense. Additionally, the Jets now have solid safety that is considered by some to be better than Adams anyway.
Quite the Flight by Joe Douglas.