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Jets see rookie pair as rivals to up-and-coming Cowboys stars

Jets cornerback Morris Claiborne has been around some good rookies.

Just last year, Claiborne saw Dak Prescott and Ezekiel Elliott join the Cowboys and help them to a 13-3 record. Now, Claiborne plays alongside rookie safeties Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye with the Jets. He believes they can do the same types of things for the Jets defense that Prescott and Elliott did for the Dallas offense last year.

“I believe that those two guys [Adams and Maye] can have the type of impact that those guys [Prescott and Elliott] had on the offensive side of the ball,” Claiborne said Monday.

Claiborne heaped praise on the safety duo, saying he has never seen two rookies do what Adams and Maye are doing on defense.

“It’s not like we have one rookie back there playing with an old vet who can show him the way while he’s on the field,” Claiborne said. “You’ve got two rookies out there in their first year. To take on the challenges they’ve taken on this season? The way they’re playing? It’s unbelievable.”

The safeties have injected enthusiasm into the defense.

“The energy those two guys bring when we hit the field every week is unbelievable,” Claiborne said. “They bring that same energy during practice. We feed off it.”


Defensive linemen Leonard Williams and Muhammad Wilkerson do not have a sack in the first four games, but Jets coach Todd Bowles said it is not a concern of his.

“It really isn’t, especially in a game like [against the Jaguars] when you knew they were going to be doubling down on you with a smashmouth football game,” Bowles said. “I thought they did a lot of damage when they were up there, the things they did, even though it didn’t show in the stat department.”

Williams, who had seven sacks last season, said he is not stressed about the lack of sacks.

“I’m not bothered by it,” Williams said. “We still have a long season to go. I know when they come, they’re going to come in bunches. Watching film, I’m still getting back there and the ball’s just coming out in a matter of a few seconds or a second here or there. This is the NFL. I get double-teamed a lot more now. I know they’re going to come. I’m not stressed or worried about it.”

Bowles praised Wilkerson’s play Sunday.

“I thought he did a good job,” he said. “I thought he took the double-teams on. He cleared up a lot of stuff for the linebackers. He played tough.”


WR Jalin Marshall is eligible to return from his four-game suspension, but Bowles said the team has not decided whether to add him to the 53-man roster yet. The NFL gave the team a roster exemption for Marshall, meaning they dwon’t have to make a decision until next Monday.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/10/02/jets-see-rookie-pair-as-rivals-to-up-and-coming-cowboys-stars/

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