Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton did not mince words when asked Wednesday about safety Jamal Adams.
Ahead of the Week 13 game against the Jets (4-7) Sunday at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, the Bengals (0-11) get Adams and a resurgent New York defense off last weekend's 34-4 win over the Oakland Raiders (6-5).
Adams had half a sack, three quarterback hits and seven tackles Sunday as the Jets harassed Raiders quarterback Derek Carr -- an effort that conjured a comparison to former Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu.
"With Troy, he was so smart and understood exactly what they were doing on defense and how offenses were trying to attack," Dalton said of Polamalu, a seven-time Pro Bowler with 32 interceptions and 14 forced fumbles and 12 sacks among the career accomplishments. "Jamal is similar. He can start down (toward the line of scrimmage) and run out to the half (of the field he's covering), and he can do all the different things that Troy did."
As a ninth-year veteran in the AFC North, Dalton has seen Polamalu regularly enough to draw the similarities between each safety's game.
Dalton faced Polamalu (2003-14) twice a year through his first four NFL seasons from 2011-14, and he sees much of the same in Adams.
Through 11 games in Year 3, Adams catalyzes the Jets on defense all over the field -- as Dalton said -- with 63 tackles (eight for loss), 6 1/2 sacks, 12 quarterback hits, two force fumbles (one recovery) and an interception (61-yard touchdown return).
"Jamal Adams is a really good player," Dalton said. "He's one of the best, if not the best, safety in the league. He plays all over the place. He's down, he's deep, he plays halves, he plays in the middle of the field -- he really does it all. I wouldn't say it's easy to compare, 'Well this is exactly how he did it in Cleveland, exactly how he did it when I faced him when he was in St. Louis.'"
Back as the Bengals' starter for benched rookie Ryan Finley, Dalton -- a two-time Pro Bowler (2014, 2016) started the season's first eight games and completed 204 of 338 passes (60.4 percent) with 2,252 yards and nine touchdowns to eight interceptions.
"It's a team that moves around a lot," Dalton said of the Jets. "On defense, they're not standing in one spot. They're all over the place. They have some blitz schemes and different things. You need to be prepared for all of the different movements that they have. (Defensive coordinator) Gregg Williams has been around for a long time and he's been a very successful defensive coordinator. He's had a lot of really good defenses, and this is one of them."