Niner Noise takes a look at how safety Jamal Adams would take the 49ers defense to the next level, with his momentum-changing play.
New York Jets All-Pro safety Jamal Adams has been linked to the San Francisco 49ers in one way or another, ever since he handed in his trade request on the 18th of June, per the New York Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
This prompted confusion and speculation among many, if not every, NFL fan.
Then, a list of seven teams that Adams wants to play for was released.
Yep, you know it, the 49ers were one of the seven teams lister, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter:
Adams would be a difference-maker who could take this elite 49ers defense to a whole new level. Not only in the run game but in coverage, especially with the Niners facing the Philadelphia Eagles and star tight end Zach Ertz in Week 4. This would allow San Francisco to put Adams on man coverage against Ertz and take away quarterback Carson Wentz’s favorite target. The Eagles used 12 personnel 52 percent of the time last season. Adams would be crucial to stopping one of the two tight ends the Eagles will use.
Adams will be key to stopping both the run and pass when the 49ers play the Eagles in Week 4 if the 49ers trade for Adams. The Eagles were not balanced when in 12 personnel, throwing the ball 58 percent of the time. Adams’ ability to cover tight ends in man coverage would allow defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to disguise coverages and play games with the Eagles offense.
That’s just one scenario for a would-be 49ers-Adams pairing.
Here are some of Adams’ other best plays since entering the league and how they could potentially benefit San Francisco.