Former Jets strong safety Jamal Adams recently hopped on a podcast to tell the football world that he fought depression in New York.
Now, the LSU product is claiming that he fought depression while the Jets were his employer. Adams hopped on CBS Sports’ “All Things Covered” podcast with Bryant McFadden to make the revelation.
We truly appreciate Jamal Adams not only for joining @ATCoveredPod, but for opening up and feeling comfortable sharing that he fought depression while with the Jets.
— Bryant McFadden (@BMac_SportsTalk) November 17, 2020
“Man, we finished 7-9, right, and we came into the locker room, and everybody was happy, clapping it up and it was just like, ‘What do I really want?'” Adams said. “Can I stand this again? Because bro I fought depression in New York, and I’m man enough to say … I fought depression bro.”
Adams, 25, forced his way out of New Jersey with an onslaught of social media posts and moves that eventually forced Douglas’s hand. A general manager preaching culture to the point of obvious repetition could not go on any longer with such a disgruntled player employed.
New York traded Adams (along with a fourth-round pick) to the Seattle Seahawks for Bradley McDougald, two first-round picks and a third-rounder prior to training camp. Adams is still among the best at his position in the league, and while he is winning (6-3), he isn’t putting forth the same production he did in New York.
His 44.7 overall PFF grade falls drastically short of what he accomplished with the Jets.
Jamal Adams Sunday (PFF):
Run D: 53.8
Coverage: 38.0 (targeted 3x, allowed 3 rec)
QBs are 11-14 (78.6%) when targeting him in '20
Adams has a 60.8 grade on the season. He had an 89.8 (2018) & 87.9 (2019) overall grade with the Jets. pic.twitter.com/SOVBQDQ4t1
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) November 16, 2020
He’s also missed four games this year due to injury—two more games than he missed in the entirety of his three-year run in New York.
“There have been so many times where I’ve come home after a tough loss and sat in my room in the dark [with] no phone, no TV, and pops would come in and be like, ‘Hey man, you alright?'” Adams added. “He hated to see me like that. It killed my pops so much I come to find out he was calling my agent at the time saying, ‘Hey man, I don’t like seeing my son like this [and] I need him out of this situation.
“It got so bad where it took a toll on my life outside of football to where I had to make a move. I had to get out of there because I knew what I wanted; I wanted to win. It was like, man, they do not want to win.”
On at least one occasion, Adams has featured a heated mood towards head coach Pete Carroll.
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) November 9, 2020
Adams also finds himself on the hot seat after an Antonio Cromartie-like tackle attempt from the Seahawks’ 23-16 loss this past Sunday.
It’s not a business decision. Timid? Yes. The Jamal Adams I know from years of film? No. But he’s also a guy who wants to get his head across here and couldn’t due to the minor holding infraction. Injured as well.
The loudest will always receive inflated praise or criticism. https://t.co/gDI9b22NLB
— Robby Sabo (@RobbySabo) November 16, 2020
Adams’s contentious attitude and drama-filled run with the Jets will not soon be forgotten. He and the Seahawks are currently preparing for a Thursday night showdown against the Kyler Murray-led Arizona Cardinals.