Jamal Adams: Injury, Recovery, and Fantasy

Jamal Adams: Injury, Recovery, and Fantasy

by | Sep 4, 2023 | 0 comments

The New York Jets selected Jamal Adams with the sixth overall pick in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. He made an immediate impact in his rookie season, showcasing exceptional skills and emerging as a leader on the Jets’ defense. In his debut season, Adams recorded 83 tackles, 6 pass deflections, and 2 sacks, earning a spot on the NFL All-Rookie Team.

In his second season in 2018, Adams solidified his position as one of the top safeties in the league. His record of 115 tackles, 12 pass deflections, and 3.5 sacks led to his first Pro Bowl selection and a First-Team All-Pro title. Adams’ versatility and playmaking prowess became invaluable to the Jets’ defense.

By 2020, Adams had established himself as a premier defensive back asset in Individual Defensive Player (IDP) leagues. However, the Jets traded him to the Seattle Seahawks for two 1st round picks. With the Seahawks, Adams signed a contract extension, making him one of the highest-paid safeties in the NFL. Despite battling injuries, Adams registered 83 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and 3 forced fumbles in 2020, securing his second consecutive Pro Bowl selection.

The Injury:

Injuries, unfortunately, have hampered Adams’ rise to becoming an elite defensive back option for IDP. Most recently, in 2022, Adams suffered a torn quadriceps tendon in the season’s opening game, ending his campaign prematurely.

A torn quadriceps tendon is a rare but serious knee injury. The quadriceps tendon, which connects the quadriceps muscles at the front of the thigh to the patella (kneecap), plays a crucial role in straightening the knee and enabling activities such as walking, running, and jumping – vital actions for a strong safety in the NFL.

The Recovery:

Adams is expected to be sidelined for approximately 6-12 months, but the timeline for his return to the Seahawks’ lineup remains uncertain.

During an appearance on the Rich Eisen Show, Seahawk general manager John Schneider admitted that there is no definitive timeline for Adams’ recovery. Eight months post-injury, it may be optimistic to expect him to be cleared over the summer; however, he could be back in pads before the preseason concludes.

Fantasy Impact:

For IDP Fantasy leagues, exercise caution during redraft or dynasty startup drafts. Adams might not regain his typical speed. Draft him as a bench player in all formats, as his extensive injury history is a cause for concern. If he fully recovers and plays 15 or more games, he could be a game-changer, given his tackling and pass-rushing prowess. For dynasty managers, Adams is a hold. If someone offers him for a bargain, he could be a low-cost, high-upside addition to your roster. 

We hope this update offers insight into his injury and helps you make informed decisions about rostering him. If you have further questions, feel free to ask! Looking for more updates?  Find us on www.gridironratings.com , and get weekly updates every Wednesday on the Next Man Up podcast with Apple Podcasts or Spotify!

About Jeff DiMatteo
Jeff is the Founder of Gridiron Ratings and operates today as it's primary analyst. His experience includes years of working for high school and collegiate football programs. After playing fantasy for nearly 20 years he decided it was time to build some of his own content.


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