Losing Jamal Adams to another injury tremendous setback for Seahawks – Seattle Seahawks Blog

RENTON, Wash. — Early in the second quarter of the Seattle Seahawks’ season-opening win Monday night, Jamal Adams fired through the line of scrimmage on an unimpeded path to Denver Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson. As Adams latched onto his legs and was about to drop him for a sack, Wilson tumbled a dump-off throw that was knocked out for an incompletion.

This is what 2022 should look like for the former All-Pro security – the Seahawks’ new defense, bringing a finally sane Adams back to life as the lightning-fast threat he once was.

“I’m back in my element, man,” Adams said a few days before the opening game while discussing how Seattle’s schedule changes would put him in a position to make games. “I feel like I’m playing in defense again.”

But instead of foreshadowing Adams’ bounce-back season, the play likely ended it. After nearly defeating Wilson, Adams limped off the field and was later carted into the dressing room with an injury to his left quadriceps tendon that is expected to sideline him for the remainder of 2022.

It’s a big loss for a Seahawks team that relies on their defense and running game, both of which must be at full strength to overplay their limitations as a quarterback. And it’s another devastating blow to Adams, who rarely got injured early in his career but has now suffered a serious injury in three straight years. After missing just two games in his first three seasons with the New York Jets, Adams — assuming he is out for the rest of 2022 — will miss 25 out of a possible 50 regular-season games in three years with Seattle.

“It means so much to him and the frustration of not being healthy just hit him again,” coach Pete Carroll said earlier this week. “He’s questioning and wondering and it’s all because he wants so badly to be out here, he wants to be with the boys and do what we’re doing in every way possible. It’s really frustrating for him.”

Obviously, the Seahawks didn’t get enough back from Adams to match the package of picks they gave up to get him (two first-rounders and then some), and the massive contract it took to keep him ( a four-year contract for $70). million overtime that made him the NFL’s highest-paid safety).

But Adams seemed worthy of those investments during his debut season in Seattle in 2020, when he set the NFL record for a defenseman with 9.5 sacks in 12 games (he missed four with a torn left shoulder labrum). The organization believes Adam’s disappointing result in 2021 – when he was kept without a sack in 12 games before suffering another tear to his left labrum – was largely the result of the extra attention offense began to give him. Seattle’s defenders didn’t know how to get him back into advantageous blitz situations, resulting in fewer pass rush opportunities and more time under cover.

Seattle’s new defense should solve this problem. Under first-year coordinator Clint Hurtt, the Seahawks have evolved into a more hybrid front with an increased emphasis on 3-4 looks. On the back end, they use more split safety alignments intended to make Adams and Quandre Diggs more interchangeable than a typical strong and free safety. The idea is to make it harder for quarterbacks to dictate which defenders go where.

“He caught about 10 picks in training camp,” receiver DK Metcalf said. “I know people aren’t used to him doing it, but I know I saw it. And he’s very capable of catching picks. He flashes off the edge, flashes down the middle, playing the linebacker position. He just ended up being the field in training camp and I was excited that he would do that and take on that role this season. It kind of derailed, but I think he’ll come back.

Adams’ near sack was the desired confusion in action. Linebacker Jordyn Brooks hovered over the A-gap before the snap and blitzed but then fell for cover, as did outside linebacker Darrell Taylor. Adams, who had sneaked up to the line of scrimmage before the snap, got through the B gap untouched.

“He hurt himself [running] free on the quarterback,” Carroll said. “So that will tell you something. So he got a shot right off the bat.”

With Adams out, the Seahawks will likely turn to Josh Jones to start alongside Diggs. They’ve also added Ryan Neal, who is back from his ankle injury, and recently added Teez Tabor for depth of safety. Jones, a 2017 second-round pick, ended 2021 with the Seahawks and was considering retiring this offseason before a call from Carroll lured him back. He was part of Seattle’s three-point safety package and then took over when Adams went down.

“It hurts because the guy’s a great football player,” Hurtt said of Adams. “…So it’s a shot. We don’t have many people like that. But like I said, we have so much faith in Josh and Ryan and their abilities. … It sucks. I hate it for Jamal. But at the same time, these guys can take their opportunity and they’ve shown they can.”

The Seahawks lose more than their best blitzer with Adams. You also lose an emotional leader. That was another reason they were attracted to him in 2020, believing they needed to bring some fire back into their dressing room. They had favored players with loose personalities, tired of the drama they had to deal with since the days of Legion of Boom. That shift meant fewer headaches, but it left her dressing room less sharp.

With Adams, they got some of that back.

His contract likely ties him to the Seahawks through at least the 2023 season, as before then they would be making prohibitively large amounts of money if they move on. So Adams should get another chance at his recovery next season as long as he can shake off the injury virus that has been hitting him hard.

“I know it really hurt us as a team to see him down and hurt going into half-time because for a guy like that who has battled injuries in the past and is coming through with another injury, you really just have to pray for him and hope his overall psyche is good,” Metcalf said. “But like I told him, man, there are bigger plans for him after this season. He’s going to get through this like he’s overcome everything else in the past, and he will be a stronger person.”

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