When you are facing your hometown's team, a lot of chatter from back home will start to circulate in your direction to try and rile you up to see if it might shake you.
For Seattle Seahawks Jamal Adams, all it is doing is adding more fuel to the fire.
The All-Pro safety will be playing his hometown team the Dallas Cowboys for only the second time in his career this Sunday at CenturyLink Field.
Adams has already been seeing things coming his way about this matchup, and it is only getting him more excited for Sunday.
"I've seen a couple things, they said I struggle in coverage, so I can't wait," a smiling Adams told reporters Thursday. "I got a little text from one of my buddies back home. He has the inside scoop on that. So, looking forward to it."
Cowboys receivers Amari Cooper, Michael Gallup, and rookie CeeDee Lamb will for sure keep him on his toes, but Adams is ready for the challenge.
As much as Adams isn’t a ballhawk, he has been decent enough in coverage over his first three seasons to allow the fourth-lowest completion percentage (50.4%) among safeties as the nearest defender, according to NFL Next Gen Stats.
When asked on who said the quote, Adams wouldn't specify which Cowboys player or players said that or who relayed it to him.
"I can't tell you that, man," Adams said. "C'mon. I can't give you the nuggets like that, man. I grew up with a couple guys who are still my brothers, best friends to this day. We talk every day, group messaging. What goes on in Dallas, it always comes back to me. I always find out the scoops. So just a little edge, a little chip on my shoulder to go out there and continue to do what I'm doing. Obviously, things happen. It's part of the game. And hey, just looking forward to the matchup."
So far this season, the Seahawks have allowed 10 plays of 20 or more yards, including three of 25 or more against the Patriots.
Adams did take the blame for the Cam Newton/Julian Edelman long pass that was completed against him.
Playing against your hometown and receiving trash talk here and there is normal, but for Adams, it's just giving extra motivation to prove all of those people wrong.
Get your popcorn ready, the battle between these two teams is going to be a fun one to watch.
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