The new guy in town is New York Jets strong safety Bradley McDougald, and Nania’s All-22 provides the best of his 2018-19 highlights.
Meet Bradley McDougald, the new guy in town.
The New York Jets’ new strong safety arrives with a near-impossible task on hand: replace Jamal Adams, who was sent with a 2022 fourth-round pick to the Seattle Seahawks in exchange for McDougald, a pair of first-round picks (2021 and 2022) and a third-rounder in 2021.
McDougald, 29, came into the league as an undrafted free agent who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2013. After just four games, he caught on with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who he stuck with for three-plus years.
The breakthrough season happened in 2014 when he started five games at safety. After doubling-down the following year (15 games started), McDougald had officially arrived as a starting defensive player.
The hard-working veteran has since been an integral part of the Seattle Seahawks secondary over the last three campaigns.
While he has no shot of duplicating what Adams brings to the table, McDougald can do a little bit of everything. He’s not nearly the tackler or blitzer Adams is, but his ball-hawking ability seems to be a bit higher (five picks in the last two seasons combined).
Moreover, the man is vocal. Any glimpse at his mic’d up segments while with the Seahawks provides any bit of evidence needed to understand that very notion.
McDougald now joins a secondary comprised of Marcus Maye at free safety, Pierre Desir at one outside corner, Brian Poole in the slot, and an open competition at the other outside corner (Bless Austin, Bryce Hall, Arthur Maulet, etc.).