Former Illini DB Tony Adams has made the New York Jets 53-man roster, the team announced on Thursday.

Head coach Robert Saleh had some serious praise for Adams, including that the team would have been “sick” without him.

Adams will suit up for the Jets at the position of safety. The Jets’ safety position was opened when the team waived Elijah Riley after the second preseason game. Riley started seven games last season after being brought to New York from the 49ers practice squad. The former Illini defender is only one of only two rookie undrafted free agents to make the team,

The Jets take on the Ravens on Sept. 11 in the season opener.