By Brad Carroll
It may just be a simple OTA practice, and it might not mean much in the grand scheme of a full offseason, training camp and preseason games, but the New York Jets have finally done something right. Starting at safety during the team’s fourth practice Tuesday was the two rookies, LSU’s Jamal Adams and Florida’s Marcus Maye.
Meanwhile, the huge draft bust that is Calvin Pryor was practicing with the third-team defense, and refused to talk to the media afterward.
Adams and Maye were the Jets’ first two selections of the NFL Draft.
There is no doubt in any Jets fans’ mind this is the right move to make not only now, but heading into training camp and then the regular season. The Jets must get younger, and they must give those younger players opportunities to prove themselves, so having Adams and Maye working with the first team, not to mention developing chemistry between themselves, is a huge positive.
While the Jets will likely drag their feet with the starting quarterback decision, probably all the way to the third preseason game, even though it’s clear Christian Hackenberg should have the job, they hopefully aren’t doing the same at safety. Even with head coach Todd Bowles saying Tuesday it was just a planned rotation between safeties.
Jets fans will take any victory they can get at this point and seeing Adams and Maye with the starting defense is a big one.