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Patriots WR Julian Edelman 'respects the hell out of' Jets safety Jamal Adams

Patriots WR Julian Edelman 'respects the hell out of' Jets safety Jamal Adams

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New York Jets star Jamal Adams plays a very aggressive style of football, and it's helped make him one of the NFL's best safeties.

Sometimes that same style of play gets Adams into trouble, and that happened Monday night when he was called for a roughing the passer penalty on Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The hit also drew a $21,000 fine from the league. Adams tweeted his displeasure over the fine Wednesday night, calling the league "a damn joke."

Adams, despite the fine, shouldn't be expected to let up on his physicality Sunday when the Jets play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. What exactly should the Pats expect from the 23-year-old safety?

'You can expect his best. He's a very physical player," Edelman said. "I honestly respect the hell out of him -- how he plays the game. He plays it the way I grew up playing it. He's definitely going to be physical. You got to prepared for a guy like him because he's going to be giving it his all."

Edelman, like Adams, plays the game with a level of tenacity and physicality that's easy for fans and other players to appreciate. 

Adams and the Jets defense must do a better job defending Edelman on Sunday than they did in two matchups last season. Edelman caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown as part of a 27-13 road win in November. He tallied five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdowns in New England's 38-3 victory over the Jets in Week 17. 

The Patriots have won six consecutive games against the Jets, and that streak is likely to continue with New York's roster ravaged by injuries.

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Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady and Jamal Adams sound off on NFL officiating during Jaguars vs Titans

Tom Brady couldn't contain his disappointment in NFL officiating Thursday night after Titans edge rusher Kamalei Correa was flagged for roughing Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew. 

Here's the play that netted the Jaguars 15 yards during a first-half drive:

For two seasons now, the NFL has been trying to protect quarterbacks from plays where defensive players drive them into the ground on sacks and/or QB hits. Plenty of quarterbacks have suffered collarbone and/or shoulder injuries that cause them to miss significant time, so the league has put an emphasis on calling bigger hits on quarterbacks. 

But sometimes, plays like these don't warrant a 15-yard penalty and players have been expressing their frustration lately. 

Jamal Adams was recently fined for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield on Monday Night Football, calling the league a "damn joke" for fining him. And if a quarterback is complaining about a rule protecting quarterbacks, then it's probably time to reconsider how it's being called out on the field. 

Brady and Adams will square off against each other this Sunday when the Jets visit the Patriots in Week 3, so it'll be interesting to see what Adams will do if he has a chance to put a hit on Brady, and how the QB will react if it happens. 

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Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

Jets' Jamal Adams calls NFL 'a damn joke' after fine for hit on Baker Mayfield

New York Jets safety Jamal Adams is a really good player, and he plays the game as hard as any defensive back in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, the league felt he went a little too far in Monday night's loss to the Cleveland Browns.

Adams was fined $21,000 for a hit on Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. He also was hit with a roughing the passer penalty on the play. Adams let everyone know exactly how he was feeling about the league's decision in a passionate tweet Wednesday night.

Warning: The following tweet contains NSFW language.

Adams and the Jets will play the rival New England Patriots on Sunday at Gillette Stadium, and you can bet the third-year safety will try to set a physical tone right from the get-go.

"Yeah, he's very aggressive, a physical player, a contact player, very aggressive in the running game," Patriots head coach Bill Belichick told reporters Wednesday when asked about Adams. "He's fast, he's a tough player. He's around the ball a lot, too. Similar to (C.J.) Mosley, different position but he gets involved in a lot of plays, plays with great effort, hustles all the time, has a great motor."

The Jets are heavy underdogs entering Week 3. Oddsmakers have pegged the Patriots as 22.5-point favorites as of Thursday morning. Adams and the Jets defense will need to give an almost flawless performance to slow down Tom Brady's offense and earn a huge upset win.

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