Philadelphia Eagles plan to sign Notre Dame RB Josh Adams
Notre Dame running back Josh Adams will play for his hometown Philadelphia Eagles.
After seven rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft came and went, the Philadelphia Eagles did not seem to find the running back of their future with one of their six draft picks. As we all know though, teams can always find value in an undrafted free agent. Just look at Eagles running back Corey Clement, for example. After not getting drafted in 2017, he went on to be a significant part of the Eagles Super Bowl success in 2017.
The Eagles will attempt to add to their backfield with another undrafted free agent. It was announced shortly after the draft that the Eagles plan on signing Notre Dame standout, Josh Adams. The Notre Dame alumn finished out his third and final season with the Fighting Irish rushing for 1,430-yards and nine touchdowns off of 206 carries.
Despite playing for Notre Dame, Adams will be returning close to home during his journey with the Eagles. He grew up just a half-an-hour away from the city of Philadelphia in Warrington, Pennsylvania. Although he wasn’t an Eagles fan growing up, we would have to assume that he will convert to the birds if he makes the team.
What does Adams offer?
It was shocking to see Adams go through seven rounds without having his name called. He may not offer the same combination of skillsets that most young running backs out of college offer nowadays. But a limited role in the Eagles backfield could be quite effective. After all, the Eagles are a fan of using multiple running backs, rather than relying on one set of legs throughout a game.
It’s clear that Jay Ajayi will lead the pack in 2018, but we can expect to see a potent combo of Clement, Adams, and Darren Sproles as well. As Clement and Sproles have a similar skillset, Adams sort of shows a similar skillset to Ajayi. With his 6’2″ 213-pound size, Adams runs with power and purpose. Although his speed and hands haven’t necessarily impressed NFL scouts, he could do well in short yardage situations.
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Just like any other undrafted free agent, Adams is not a lock to make the roster. But with a coach like Duce Staley getting the best out of his runners, anything is possible. We will see another offseason filled with backfield battles. And everybody should expect Adams to give guys like Wendell Smallwood and Donnel Pumphrey a run for their moeny.