Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams has everyone talking and rightfully so. Let’s look at some of what the media is saying.
It wasn’t long ago that every reference we made about Philadelphia Eagles rookie running back Josh Adams was made in reference to the hope that he might become everything that another undrafted rookie free agent, Corey Clement, became a season ago.
It wasn’t long ago that Clement was giving Adams advice on how to seize the moment. Here we are, almost four months later, and the Eagles depth chart looks nothing like any of us expected. Adams has gone from the practice squad to the active roster.
Adams seized the moment alright. Not only did he make the active roster. It appears that every other running back in the Eagles locker room has fallen into what’s becoming a larger and larger shadow. That includes Corey Clement.
Since being promoted to the Eagles’ active roster on September 18th, Adams has racked up 291 yards and two touchdowns on 56 carries. Each week, he’s become a bigger part of Philly’s offensive game plan, and that’s not all. It appears the coaches want him to have an even bigger role. It’s been the talk around Philadelphia, and everyone’s saying it.
Don’t take our word for it. Look for yourself:
It’s only the beginning.
Try some of this on for size. No running back has carried the ball 22 times since someone by the name of Ryan Matthews did it. The 88 rushing yards he tallied versus the New York Giants in Week 12 were the most by any undrafted Eagles rookie running back since 1950.
You have to look back to games where Toy Ledbetter had outings where he posted 107 and 98 yards to find a similar type of performance. Let’s take another look at Adams’ 4th quarter touchdown that gave Philly their first lead of the contest.
"He can run that ball, man. He’s a good cut. He likes to set back and read, then burst. That guy is gonna be good."
It took longer than most of us would have liked, but Philly’s finally found that sledgehammer that they’ve been missing since LeGarrette Blount left. Barring something catastrophic, this guy figures to be around for a while.