Jamal Adams On Removing Jets From Social Media Bios: 'It's Just Outside Noise'

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Moose & Maggie
September 17, 2019 - 2:56 pm

A day removed from the Jets' 23-3 loss to Cleveland on "Monday Night Football," fans noticed Jets safety Jamal Adams removed any mention of the team from his various social media accounts. In this digital age, Adams' move to scrub the Jets from his bios led many to question his future with New York.

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Could Adams become the latest in a long line of players on underperforming teams to demand a trade elsewhere, as is the case with new Pittsburgh Steeler Minkah Fitzpatrick and Jacksonville's Jalen Ramsey, who reportedly demanded a trade Monday?

Adams joined WFAN's Maggie Gray and Bart Scott in the aftermath of the team's 0-2 start, and Gray pressed the Jets defensive star about removing the Jets from his social media presence. He danced around the question. 

"I'm focused on this team," he said. "I'm not focused on the outside noise. I'm just focused on how we can get better and grab a win. ... It's social media at the end of the day. It's outside noise."

Adams admitted he was benched during New York's Week 2 loss. The 23-year-old was penalized on consecutive plays late in the fourth quarter — defensive offsides and encroachment — resulting in Cleveland being able to extend its drive and drain the clock until 65 seconds remained in the game. Adams has not missed a game through the first 34 games of his rising career but took accountability for his mistakes.

"Yeah, I was benched," Adams said. "They benched me. I tried to anticipate a play, which I anticipated wrong, and I was benched. It happens. I just got to continue to do my job to the best of my ability as well as help lead the guys around me.

"I don't really know why or what was the reason. I made the penalty, and they took me out, so I'm not upset. Well, I am upset that I wanted to finish the game, but I obviously didn't finish the game. It is what it is. I made a bonehead mistake. One thing about me is that I'm always going to finish the game regardless. It doesn't matter what's going on. I'm out there to hunt. That's just how I am." 

The Jets also benched cornerback Trumaine Williams, who signed a five-year, $72.5 million deal with the team last year. New York lost second-string quarterback Trevor Siemian in the loss as well. Siemien was ruled out for the season with an ankle injury, the second Jets QB to be sidelined after Sam Darnold was diagnosed with mono last week. 

"I'd never been in a situation like this," Adams said. "People always talk about next man up, but it's tough as far as so many injuries and so many guys going down. Nobody expected it, but it's the nature of our game that we play. Very tough at the same time, but we've got to continue to keep focus and keep staying together."

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