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Andy Vasquez, Staff Writer, @andy_vasquez
FLORHAM PARK — Jamal Adams isn’t having fun right now. It didn’t take a body language expert to figure that out during the second-year safety’s interview with reporters on Thursday.
The Jets defense is coming off its worst game since Adams was drafted last year. The Jets are 1-3 and have lost three straight. Adams has said repeatedly that he doesn’t deal well with losing. And he seemed to grow more annoyed with every question trying to diagnose what’s wrong with the defense, before admitting that the unit has something to prove.
“For sure, we definitely want to be a dominant defense each and every week,” Adams said. “We didn’t come out and play our best defense last week, credit to those guys, but again we’re moving onto the Broncos.”
To say the Jets didn’t play well last week is an understatement. They gave up 503 yards to Blake Bortles and Jacksonville — the most the defense has allowed in a game since 2008. Coach Todd Bowles says the unit won’t have a hard time being ready to face Denver at MetLife Stadium.
“They should be angry or motivated when the game starts,” Bowles said. “And they are, they have … pride all over the place. Anytime somebody scores on you or you don’t score, regardless you got to have some pride as a football player. We all didn’t get here by just given a bed of roses, we all had some thorns along the way and you just got to overcome them.”
The Jets’ defense has taken measures to make sure they do respond.
Adams, who was chosen by Bowles as a team captain, says he took it upon himself to arrange a full-defense players-only team meeting after Friday’s practice.
In the meeting, which will be held every Friday, the players will discuss how they can better improve communication — which was a big issue in the loss to the Jaguars.
Bowles downplayed the prospect of a players-only meeting to watch film when asked about it earlier this week, saying players always watch film on Fridays. But Adams made it clear that this players-only meeting will be different than the smaller group sessions the Jets have been doing every Friday previous .
“Small groups meet every week,” Adams said. “I took it a step further and I said that we’re going to meet to get better at communication on Fridays. That’s nothing against any coaching staff or against Coach Bowles, that’s just me stepping up saying, ‘Hey we’re going to take on the role of watching more film as a defense, as a whole, and not just separate groups.'”
Adams didn’t get into specifics about how the meetings will go, other than to say that he’ll lead the meetings.
“We just need to be better,” Adams said. “So I’m taking it upon myself to set everybody up as as defense so we can communicate better and we can be better on Sunday.”
Adams said, repeatedly, that the Jets must improve their communication to get to where they want to be defensively.
And Bowles said Thursday he expects his defense to respond as the Jets try to turn their season around during this three-game homestand.
“They fight back,” Bowles said. “I know they’re tough and mentally tough and we understand the mistakes that we can’t have happen.”
Three Jets were hurt during Thursday’s practice and listed as limited. Cornerback Trumaine Johnson suffered a quad injury, wide receiver Quincy Enunwa injured his hip and cornerback Darryl Roberts injured his hamstring. Bowles did not reveal any information or speculate on the seriousness of any of the injuries. It’s something to watch on Friday, because Enunwa and Johnson are both key starters.
Wide receiver Charone Peake (hamstring) and tight end Neal Sterling (concussion) did not practice on Thursday, and center Spencer Long (knee/finger) and safety Marcus Maye (ankle/foot) were both limited. Bowles said he was only willing to rule out Peake for Sunday’s game.