NFL 2022: One undrafted free agent from every team that could make the roster

May 26, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) runs drills during organized team activities at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
May 26, 2022; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Justyn Ross (8) runs drills during organized team activities at The University of Kansas Health System Training Complex. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 23, 2021; University Park, Pennsylvania, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini defensive back Tony Adams (6) gestures to the crowd while celebrating his teams victory in the ninth overtime against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports /

New York Jets:  Tony Adams, S, Illinois

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It wasn’t that long ago when the New York Jets boasted one of the best starting safety duos in the NFL with Jamal Adams and Marcus Maye. But in 2020, the Jets traded Adams to the Seattle Seahawks, which was a great trade for them. Now ahead of the 2022 season, they lost Maye, who signed with the New Orleans Saints in free agency.

They did replace Maye with Jordan Whitehead, who signed a two-year, $14.5 million contract with New York. Their second starter is LaMarcus Joyner and they have Ashtyn Davis as well. Beyond that, the depth isn’t elite which opens the door for any player trying to make it to the roster.

One such option could be Tony Adams, the undrafted safety from Illinois. Adams was able to get a fifth year of eligibility after playing just five games as a freshman. That helped him immensely as he had never played in more than nine games before 2021.

Then in his redshirt senior season, he appeared in 12 games for Illinois and had 63 tackles, 3.5 for a loss, five pass defenses, and a pick — he finished his career with six interceptions.

Adams does have some versatility as well, which could help him. He’s good enough in coverage to play the slot corner position, which might be enough to help him edge out some of the contenders ahead of him on the depth chart.