games with a sprained ankle, the first contests he has had to sit out in his threeyear NFL career. He was a limited participant at practice Wednesday, a positive sign that he could be trending toward playing Sunday in the Jets’ home finale against Pittsburgh.
“I keep talking to him about making sure he’s OK, if he goes,” Gase said. “He has to feel right. I do not want him out there if there’s any chance that there’s an injury that prolongs something down the road. That’s not what we’re looking for. That’s why the communication between him and the training staff and everybody is critical.”
Adams thinks his chances of playing are “very high.” While some have suggested it might make sense to have Adams rest the final two games, the safety wants to hear none of it.
“The past two weeks, I’m not going to lie to you, I was in a real low place because I’ve never had this game taken from me,” Adams said. “That was tough, just sitting on the sideline, not being out there, not practicing with my brothers.
“Just to go out there and practice today, man, I was like a little kid.”
Adams is one of the team’s emotional leaders, and his presence is felt whenever he’s on — or, off, for that matter — the field.
He still leads the Jets with 77 overall tackles and 14 quarterback hits, despite missing two games, and his 6 1/2 sacks are second only to linebacker Jordan Jenkins’ seven. Adams is just two sacks from breaking the NFL’s single-season record for a defensive back, set by Arizona’s Adrian Wilson in 2005.
And, you can be sure he’s aiming for the quarterback in the Jets’ final two games.
“No doubt,” Adams said. “I’m not going to tie. I’m going to break it. No doubt.”
It’s that type of confidence and playmaking ability that have made Adams one of the top defensive players in the league.
And, one of the most coveted.
Before the trade deadline in October, several teams called the Jets to inquire about Adams’ availability. General manager Joe Douglas set the asking price so exorbitantly high that teams had to bail on trying to acquire the star safety.