Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams underwent surgery this offseason, so he will be out for a while.
The rise and fall of undrafted free agent Josh Adams was a quick one last season. The Philadelphia Eagles backfield looked desperate early on in the year. Darren Sproles was out for a majority of the season after week one. Jay Ajayi suffered a back injury, which he would play through until eventually tearing his ACL. Corey Clement didn’t get hurt until later on in the year, but he was clearly not the player he was in 2017. So with all of these issues going on, the Eagles decided to roll with the unknown and give the rookie a shot.
Josh Adams surprisingly went undrafted after a successful stint at Notre Dame. Although Adams was once viewed as a Heisman candidate early on in his final season, injuries were likely the cause of his lacking draft interest. The Eagles got great value for Adams after signing him following the draft. Although Adams didn’t make the final cuts at first, the Eagles eventually had no choice but to call him up from the practice squad. And it wouldn’t be long until he began getting a significant amount of carries in the backfield.
By Week 11, Adams led the team in carries with 22 rushing attempts. The following week he took on 20. Although the Eagles visibly shyed away from Adams once Sproles returned to the field, the undrafted rookie still led the entire team in total rushing yards with 511 total yards. Despite being the leader in numbers though, Adams is still fighting for a spot on the roster in 2019. As the Eagles brought another running back into the mix, they are expected to bring in one or two more guys as well, which makes this a critical offseason for Adams. So far, it’s off to a rough start though.
Adams will miss some time…
According to NJ Advanced Media’s Mike Kaye, Josh Adams underwent shoulder surgery after the Eagles’ divisional round loss to the New Orleans Saints back in January. Therefore, he will miss the start of offseason workouts, which kick off today, April 15th. Although his surgery occured back in January, Adams’ estimated return would be some time in July, which should make him eligible to be ready for training camp.
Injuries in the offeseason are nothing new to the Eagles, especially to Josh Adams. Last year, Adams joined the Eagles with a injured foot, which kept him out of most of the workouts during his rookie season as well. He wouldn’t join the team again until training camp. Well, for Adams second season in the NFL, it looks like he’s going to deal with the same issues. The only difference this time though is that the Eagles might have a brand new backfield by the time he’s ready to go.