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Jets Coach Todd Bowles Has High Hopes for Rookie Safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye


Based on what Jets coach Todd Bowles has seen so far — including spring practices — from rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye, Bowles sounds like he has high hopes for the duo, Darryl Slater of the Newark Star-Ledger reports.

“I can’t speak for other people’s safeties on their team,” Bowles said after Sunday’s practice. “But for rookie safeties, from the average that I’ve been around, they’re a lot farther along.”

That, Bowles said, is why he opted to go with Adams (a first-round draft pick) and Mayes (a second-rounder) as his safety duo in 2017. After drafting Adams and Maye, the Jets traded strong safety Calvin Pryor and cut free safety Marcus Gilchrist — last year’s starters.

Bowles said he won’t have to simplify his defensive scheme in order to help the rookie duo. And Pryor and Gilchrist weren’t exactly difference makers last season, so it’s not like Adams and Maye have a high bar to clear, in terms of exceeding what those two guys did in 2016.

“They can play,” Bowles said of Adams and Maye. “It’s rare that these type of things happen [two rookie safeties starting]. But those two guys showed so much in the spring — and what we brought them along with — that they could only get better. Their maturity level, as far as learning the plays, exceed what we wanted, for our expectations of rookies. We think those guys are ready to play.”

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