JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — To his credit, Jamal did not hide.
The Jets safety, one of the team leaders, was front and center inside the losing locker room after the Jaguars beat the Jets, 29-15, Sunday at TIAA Bank Field, calling himself out.
The reality was that Adams had plenty of culprit help in the loss, but he said the first Jaguars touchdown — a 6-yard scoring pass from Gardner Minshew to Keelan Cole on the opening possession of the game — was his fault.
Adams said he guessed wrong on the route Cole was going to run and it made for a too-easy pitch-and-catch for Minshew and Cole.
It was an active day for Adams, who two plays before the touchdown, had hustled to run down Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette and turn a possible scoring run into a 66-yard gain.
“The first one was on me, man,” Adams said of the Cole touchdown. “I tried to anticipate a play and I got too greedy. I anticipated the play and I guessed wrong. I thought he was going to run an out, but he didn’t. It happens. People kind of expect me not to make a mistake. I’m out there trying to play ball, trying to make plays for this team. I anticipated it wrong. I take the blame. I don’t run from it. I don’t run from any adversity. I’m a man.”
Adams also was called for consecutive personal fouls in the third quarter — the first a late hit on Minshew as he scrambled to the sideline for a first down on third-and-5 and the second a roughing-the-passer hit on Minshew adding yardage to a 26-yard pass play that put the Jags on the Jets 9-yard line (leading to a field goal and a 22-7 lead).
“I was informed that I hit [Minshew] in the head,” Adams said. “All I’ve got to do is continue to be myself and try not to hurt the team. That’s not my intention. I don’t know, man. I don’t want to say anything that’s going to get me in trouble.”
Of the sideline hit on Minshew, Adams said, “It’s third and 5, the marker is right there when we’re both heading to the marker. For me to slow down, I think I’m letting my team down by giving him the first [down]. The two refs that were near the play didn’t throw the flag, it was the back judge. I didn’t talk to the back judge.
“At the end of the day I guess I’ve got to be smarter and let him go by.”
Credit Adams for being stand-up for his actions.
“I speak for myself,” he said. “I’m my hardest critic. I don’t need anyone to judge me, because I’m pretty sure I’m judging myself harder than someone else will. I don’t like to talk about other people’s play, but I do like to talk about mine. I gave up that touchdown at the beginning of the game. I anticipated wrong. I can’t do that in that situation. But, I’m man enough to tell you that I messed it up.”
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