March 18, 2020, is the start of NFL Free Agency and it looks like Jamal Adams is wasting no time in recruiting defensive end Yannick Ngakoue to the New York Jets.
NFL Free agency is about a month away and the New York Jets‘ strong safety, Jamal Adams, seems to be recruiting top free agents again. As many Jets fans know, Adams recruited current Jets running back, LeVeon Bell, during the 2019 Offseason. The All-Pro running back credits Adams for being one of the main factors in getting him to New York.
As written by Manish Mehta of the Daily News:
"“Jamal did his thing recruiting,” Bell said. “He was on my line constantly … texting me, tweeting me … Instagram … everything. He was doing everything he could to get me here. I respect everything from a guy with that talent. He’s so young. For him to reach out to me, it meant everything in the world to me … that somebody wanted me that much … a team wanted me that much. So, I’m glad to be here. He’s definitely a huge part. He made it happen. You got to give him a lot of credit. “"
This offseason, it seems that Adams is trying to pursue another top free agent, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end, Yannick Ngakoue, to help improve the pass rush. The New York Jets desperately need help with their front seven to put pressure on the opposing team’s quarterback, and Ngakoue could be the missing piece. Below, you can see Adams complimenting Ngakoue via Twitter (the same way he reached out to Bell).
As mentioned in my previous post, Gang Green needs to improve their pass rush because Adams is probably the best edge rusher on the team. Having a strong safety as the team’s top pass rusher is not the key to success, considering it leaves fewer defensive backs covering the pass.
Ngakoue is ranked 18th overall and third-best edge rusher on the Pro Football Focus top 50 free agents. His numbers certainly support that claim and Jets fan should be ecstatic if they can land him.
The 2019 season was one of Nagkoue’s best. He recorded 36 solo tackles, 15 quarterback hits, 13 tackles for losses, 8.0 sacks, four forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, and one interception for a 23-yard touchdown. Impressive stats, especially for someone who is currently 24-years-old and has yet to reach his prime.