New York Jets safety Marcus Maye intercepts Russell Wilson and Jamal Adams drops an easy Sam Darnold interception.
Marcus Maye picked up his second interception of the season against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, and this one was nearly as spectacular as his first (one that saw the ball land on his backside before he snagged it).
With Russell Wilson looking down the left sideline for imposing wide receiver DK Metcalf, Maye used his tremendous positioning and eye placement to tip the ball to himself for the theft.
Holy ball skills @alldayMAYE 😲
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— New York Jets (@nyjets) December 13, 2020
Marcus Maye picks Russ in the end zone!
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— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 13, 2020
Maye, 27, looked to playing a deep-half of a Cover 2 on the play. (Of course, without the film view, that’s not a certainty.) As Metcalf turned it up the sideline, the remaining safety from Mike Maccagnan’s 2017 NFL draft class followed the route to perfection.
The other half of that Maccagnan-New York Jets safety tandem is on the other sideline. Jamal Adams has been active early, but he’d love to have one particular play back.
Not even starting in a traditional 2-deep look, Adams tipped his lurk/robber positioning early and Sam Darnold still didn’t see him. Adams had a shot at his first interception of the season, but it hit his breadbasket and fell incomplete.
Jamal Adams was handed a free interception vs. his former team… and he dropped it. He'll be thinking about that one.pic.twitter.com/JHsfIx3iEj
— NFL Update (@MySportsUpdate) December 13, 2020
The Seahawks currently lead the Jets 17-3 on the strength of Metcalf and Freddie Swain touchdown receptions. Sergio Castillo is 1-for-2 on the day. He connected on a 45-yard field goal on the Jets’ opening drive but pushed a 37-yard try right with 10:04 to go in the first half.
Sam Darnold is currently 5 of 12 for 51 yards. One completion went to wide receiver Jaleel Scott who received the surprise start in Denzel Mims‘s place.