Patriots WR Julian Edelman 'respects the hell out of' Jets safety Jamal Adams

Nick Goss
NBC Sports Boston

FOXBORO, Mass. -- New York Jets star Jamal Adams plays a very aggressive style of football, and it's helped make him one of the NFL's best safeties.

Sometimes that same style of play gets Adams into trouble, and that happened Monday night when he was called for a roughing the passer penalty on Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield. The hit also drew a $21,000 fine from the league. Adams tweeted his displeasure over the fine Wednesday night, calling the league "a damn joke."

Adams, despite the fine, shouldn't be expected to let up on his physicality Sunday when the Jets play the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. What exactly should the Pats expect from the 23-year-old safety?

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'You can expect his best. He's a very physical player," Edelman said. "I honestly respect the hell out of him -- how he plays the game. He plays it the way I grew up playing it. He's definitely going to be physical. You got to prepared for a guy like him because he's going to be giving it his all."

Edelman, like Adams, plays the game with a level of tenacity and physicality that's easy for fans and other players to appreciate. 

Adams and the Jets defense must do a better job defending Edelman on Sunday than they did in two matchups last season. Edelman caught four passes for 84 yards and a touchdown as part of a 27-13 road win in November. He tallied five receptions for 69 yards and a touchdowns in New England's 38-3 victory over the Jets in Week 17. 

The Patriots have won six consecutive games against the Jets, and that streak is likely to continue with New York's roster ravaged by injuries.

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