Lately, we've spent a lot of time discussing splashy moves, overrated player(s) and possible draft moves. I decided to take a closer look at one of our new Jets that came in under the radar. Steiny over at TheJETSBlog beat me to publishing this piece but it's something I've been planning to do all week. For the last two seasons Marquice Cole was my favorite 'underdog' player. Now that we've lost him to the Patriots, I've had to find a new Jet 'son' for myself. Royce Adams is my 2012 Underdog.
Royce Adams Workout+.mov (via positivecoachadvice)
Quoting Coach Rock: "One of our hardest workers who will provide maturity and leadership to an inexperienced receiving corps ... brings a physical and athletic presence."
Career: Ranks 17th on Purdue career punt return average list at 6.4.
2009: Moved from cornerback to wide receiver during spring practice.
2008: Appeared in all 12 games, including one start ... had 18 tackles (15 solo, 3 assists), including 1.0 for loss ... returned five kickoffs for 94 yards (18.8 average) ... had career-high 10 tackles (9 solo, 1 assist) at Northwestern on Oct. 18 ... started at nickel back vs. Minnesota on Oct. 25.
2007: Appeared in all 13 games, including six starts ... recorded 30 tackles (27 solo, 3 assists) with one pass breakup ... had four tackles at Michigan on Oct. 13 (3 solo, 1 assist) and vs. Michigan State on Nov. 10 (all solo) ... had season-high five tackles (all solo) at Penn State on Nov. 3.
2006: Appeared in all 14 games, starting final 12 ... had 37 tackles (32 solo, 5 assists) with one interception, one pass breakup and one forced fumble ... ranked eighth in Big Ten with 6.4-yard punt return average (22 returns for 141 yards) ... had three punt returns for 44 yards (14.7 average) vs. Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 9 ... made first career start vs. Ball State on Sept. 16 ... recorded pass breakup vs. Minnesota on Sept. 23 ... came up with first career interception to go with two solo tackles at Northwestern on Oct. 14 ... forced fumble at Michigan State on Nov. 4 ... had five solo tackles vs. Indiana on Nov. 18 ... had season-high six tackles (5 solo, 1 assist) at Hawaii on Nov. 25.
AFL - Pittsburgh Power football
started the 2011 season with the Power prior to playing in the UFL, and recorded 47 solo tackles, 9 assisted tackles, 7 pass break-ups and 1 forced fumble. A former track athlete, Adams played both defensive back and wide receiver at Purdue.
"Adams is a good athlete who continues to work hard on his skills as well as strength and conditioning," said Power head coach Chris Siegfried. "We wish him the best as he competes for an NFL roster spot."
Now I know the argument "if you're good an many positions, it means you are great at none" but I don't think that is the case here. I think he can make an immediate impact on special teams as KR. I asked Royce (via Twitter) how he was with ball security and here is what he said "ball security is the number 1 priority when fielding kicks. I'm very confident in my hands." At only 23yrs old, I think Royce deserves a couple of years with the Jets in order grow into greatness.