Jamal Adams is great for Seahawks even while injured
By Lee Vowell
Jamal Adams has been a great edition for the Seahawks in 2020 and must be extended.
Clearly (and yet hopefully), the Seahawks did not give up two first round draft picks because they saw Jamal Adams as a two-year player. Jamal Adams will be a long-term Seahawk and a very good one. He has missed the last two games, however. Even so, he is leading by example and a great player for the Seattle locker room.
Jamal Adams likes to voice his opinion on Twitter but that is a good thing. First of all, Adams never comes off as a jerk. Secondly, he usually comes across as simply joyful to be a Seahawk.
I personally don’t know Jamal Adams. Maybe this is how he is normally. But I personally know that Jamal Adams is a great player, has changed the Seahawks defense when he is able to be in games and needs to be a Seahawk for many years to come.
He is good on the field and good in the locker room and that is what any team needs.
Ryan Neal has had to fill-in with Jamal Adams being hurt. He hasn’t been bad. But he has also had Adams there to help him watch game tape and to yell calls from the sideline. Neal is a great backup but he isn’t Adams. He knows that. Yet, Neal is the 33rd-ranked safety in the NFL in large part to Adams. (By the way, Adams is the 22nd-ranked safety but really has yet to show his true worth to Seattle.)
Maybe the Seahawks give up far too many yards on defense, even with Jamal Adams on the field. I also know that Adams has missed the last two games and most of the game before that (against the Patriots). Sure, he got beat a couple of times against the Patriots. But he also can’t be totally held accountable for what happened in the Dallas game. Fellow safety Quandre Diggs got kicked out early because of a helmet-to-helmet hit.
But the Cowboys are a good running team and they gained 61 yards rushing against Seattle. A lot of this can be attributed to the Jamal Adams playing close to the line. Maybe he only made two tackles but that freed other players to make plays.
Ezekiel Elliott gained 34 yards on 14 carries. No, Jamal Adams was not in the game for all of this but he was the early part of the game when Dallas fell behind which meant more Dallas passes later in the game. When Adams was in, Elliott couldn’t run. Imagine how much the Vikings game might have changed with Adams in the game.
And the overall point of this is, Seahawks fans haven’t seen a consistently healthy secondary that has played together. Seattle is 5-0. They have played two-and-a-half games without Adams. And two games without Quinton Dunbar. Maybe the best is yet to come and Jamal Adams will be right there to lead it.