Adams went unclaimed on waivers and signed with the Jets' practice squad Sunday, Field Yates of ESPN reports.
It's a bit of a surprise that Adams didn't get claimed on waivers after being cut by the Eagles on Saturday, as the 22-year-old paced Philadelphia in rushing last season and averaged a solid 4.3 yards per carry. Adams will reunite with general manager Joe Douglass in New York.
Adams was released Saturday, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports.
Miles Sanders' emergence as a possible workhorse made the 22-year-old expendable. Adams figures to have plenty of interest on the open market, and it would be a surprise for him not to be picked up by another roster before Week 1. The undrafted free agent posted a solid 4.3 yards-per-carry average across 120 touches in his rookie campaign, finishing the 2018 season with 511 rushing yards and three touchdowns.
Adams rushed twice for minus-1 yard and caught one of two targets for a loss of five in Thursday's preseason finale against the Jets.
This was likely Adams' final chance to state his case for a roster spot, and he failed spectacularly with minus-6 total yards from scrimmage. Wendell Smallwood was already viewed as ahead of Adams, and Smallwood was clearly the better of the two roster-bubble backs here as well.
Adams could be waived by the Eagles when it comes time to make roster cuts, Zack Rosenblatt of NJ.com reports.
Adams paced the Eagles in rushing last season with 511 yards, with the next highest total being Wendell Smallwood's 364 yards. Since then, of course, Philadelphia traded for Jordan Howard in March and drafted Miles Sanders in the second round of the draft in April. Rosenblatt also notes that Adams has improved in areas that he struggled with last season, primarily pass catching and short-yardage running. While the improvements don't help his case in Philadelphia, it could make the 22-year-old a viable candidate for a backup or depth role with another squad.
Adams (shoulder) rotated with Jordan Howard, Miles Sanders, Darren Sproles and Wendell Smallwood at Thursday's practice, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
Adams and Smallwood are the long shots of the bunch, while Corey Clement (knee) remains focused on rehab and also has a lot to prove. The good news for Adams is that he appears to be healthy after having offseason surgery on his shoulder. The bad news is that he needs to compete with four other players -- Smallwood, Clement, Boston Scott, Donnel Pumphrey -- for one or two roster spots.
Adams (shoulder) was a limited participant in minicamp, where he struggled as a pass catcher, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Offseason shoulder surgery may have contributed to the issue, but there was already major concern after Adams caught just three of eight targets for 19 yards during his rookie season. His solid work as a runner won't mean much if he doesn't add the necessary versatility to secure a roster spot. With Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders (hamstring) locked in, Adams is competing for one or two jobs with Corey Clement (knee), Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey.
Adams (shoulder) participated in OTAs on Tuesday, Zach Berman of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Adams underwent surgery on the labrum in his shoulder in January and was originally given a recovery timetable of six months. With the end of that timetable approaching, Adams is officially back on the practice field in some capacity. A return to full strength can't come soon enough for Adams, as he'll have to fight hard for a spot on the Eagles' 53-man roster with the team currently boasting a loaded backfield.
Adams (shoulder) isn't a lock for the 53-man roster, Les Bowen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.
Facing a six-month timeline in his recovery from January surgery, Adams could be stashed on the PUP list if the Eagles don't want to lose him but also don't have a job for him on the 53-man roster. The offseason additions of Jordan Howard and Miles Sanders leave the team with a crowded backfield, forcing Adams, Corey Clement (knee), Wendell Smallwood, Boston Scott and Donnel Pumphrey to compete for one or two spots. Clement is the safest bet to secure a job, while Scott and Pumphrey are the longshots. Adams lands somewhere in the middle -- along with Smallwood -- despite making five starts as an undrafted rookie last season.
Adams is facing a six-month recovery timeline from January surgery on the labrum in his shoulder, Mike Kaye of NJ.com reports.
The timeline rules Adams out for the offseason program and raises doubt about his availability for the start of training camp. He enjoyed a brief stretch as the Eagles' lead back after catching on as an undrafted rookie in 2018, but he likely will need to battle for a roster spot after the team traded for Jordan Howard earlier this offseason. On a more optimistic note, the shoulder injury might help explain why Adams dropped out of the game plan during the playoffs, though it probably had more to do with his struggles as a pass blocker and receiver. He took 71 carries for 286 yards (4.0 average) and three touchdowns during his five-game stint as the starter Weeks 11-15, but he caught just three of eight targets for 19 yards in that same stretch.
The Eagles traded for Jordan Howard to join Adams, Corey Clement (knee) and Wendell Smallwood in the backfield, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
The trade is particularly bad news for Adams, considering both he and Howard are big backs with subpar passing-game skills. The Notre Dame product caught on as an undrafted rookie in 2018 and eventually found his way to the lead backfield role, but he played just one snap in two playoff games and likely needs to battle for a roster spot in 2019.
Adams may need to compete for his roster spot in 2019, Eliot Shorr-Parks of 94 WIP Sports Radio reports.
While the Eagles haven't made any additions to their backfield through the first few days of the league year, they still figure to search for upgrades in the free-agent bargain bin and the upcoming draft. Adams enjoyed a nice stretch as the team's lead runner late in his rookie season until he fell out of favor during the playoffs with just one touch in two games. He's subject to a wide range of outcomes in 2019, with potential to reprise the lead role or fall off the team entirely. Such is life for an undrafted running back who hasn't displayed any value in the passing game.
Adams didn't play a snap in Sunday's 20-14 playoff loss to the Saints.
After spending much of the latter portion of the season as the primary running back, Adams' Week 16 fumble seemed to mark an abrupt end to that tenure. Still, he finished an impressive rookie season with 511 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries. He added 58 yards while catching seven of 13 targets. The former Notre Dame standout will likely battle Wendell Smallwood for starting duties again in 2019 in addition to anyone else the team brings in via the draft or free agency.
Offensive coordinator Mike Groh suggested Tuesday that game flow played a part in Adams being limited to just one snap during the Eagles' wild-card victory over the Bears this past weekend, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports. "We had a package for him but over the course of the game it didn't go that way," Groh said.
After carrying once for two yards on the Eagles' first possession of the game, Adams never saw the field again, with Darren Sproles (13 carries for 21 yards, two receptions for 14 yards) and Wendell Smallwood (eight carries for 20 yards, two receptions for 20 yards) instead picking up the brunt of the backfield work the rest of the way. Given that neither team led by more than five points during the contest and the Eagles notably gave the 5-foot-6, 190-pound Sproles back-to-back goal-line carries on their final possession, Groh's comments about the game flow being unfavorable for Adams wouldn't seem to hold much water. Since neither Sproles nor Smallwood was especially productive in his opportunities, it wouldn't be surprising if Adams regains prominence in the game plan during Sunday's divisional-round matchup with the Saints, though that's far from guaranteed. Predicting the distribution of touches out of the Philadelphia backfield for the rest of the postseason will likely be an exercise in futility.
Adams had 11 carries for 50 yards and three catches for 33 yards in Sunday's 24-0 win over Washington, playing 18 of 71 snaps (25 percent) on offense, Dave Zangaro of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.
Wendell Smallwood got the start and finished with 16 touches on 26 snaps, while Darren Sproles had nine touches on 27 snaps. Adams enjoyed a stretch as the unquestioned lead runner, but he'll enter the playoffs as part of a three-man committee, heading on the road to face an elite Chicago defense.
Adams rushed 11 times for 21 yards and lost a fumble in Sunday's 32-30 win over Houston. He was unable to catch his lone target.
Adams had a one-yard touchdown called back by penalty in the first half that ended up becoming a scoring pass to Zach Ertz a handful of plays later. It got much worse for the rookie in the fourth quarter as his fumble gave the Texans the short field they needed to creep back into the game. On top of that, Darren Sproles saw just two fewer carries in the game and was far more effective to boot. While it is unlikely Sproles supplants Adams as the workhorse back for the Eagles, it will certainly be hard to trust either of them Week 17 at Washington.
Adams (back) rushed 15 times for 28 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Rams.
Adams was forced to leave the contest on two separate occasions due to a back injury, and while he was able to return both times, it certainly cost him a few opportunities. The touchdown helped salvage what would have been an otherwise poor fantasy performance for the second consecutive week. Adams' recent struggles combined with Wendell Smallwood's (10 carries for 48 yards and two touchdowns) re-emergence and Darren Sproles' recent return (six touches Sunday) have the backfield situation in Philadelphia looking like a timeshare heading into Week 16's matchup with the Texans.
Adams (back) returned to Sunday's game against the Rams in the third quarter, Daniel Gallen of The Harrisburg Patriot-News reports.
Adams has now left the game twice for medical evaluation, quickly stepping back in both times. He found paydirt late in the second quarter, but the injury may have cost him a chance at another touchdown, one that instead went to reserve running back Wendell Smallwood.
Adams left Sunday's game against the Rams with a back injury and is questionable to return, Eliot Shorr-Parks of Sports Radio 94 WIP Philadelphia reports.
Adams was evaluated for an unspecified injury during the first half, but he was quickly cleared to return and didn't miss much time. He left again early in the third quarter, clearing the way for Wendell Smallwood to score a nine-yard touchdown shortly thereafter. Smallwood and Darren Sproles will split snaps in the backfield if Adams can't rejoin the contest.
Adams logged seven carries for 36 yards and wasn't targeted Sunday in the Eagles' 29-23 overtime loss to the Cowboys.
Adams was largely victimized by Dallas dominating possession, as the Eagles logged just 48 plays to the host's 93. As a result, Philadelphia ran just 14 total times on the day, with Adams picking up half of those carries while Darren Sproles assumed most of the work on passing downs. Considering Adams earned at least 20 totes in the previous two weeks and ran effectively on his limited touches Sunday, it's fair to expect the undrafted rookie's workload to recover in Week 15 against the Rams. He'll draw a favorable matchup with a Los Angeles run defense that has ceded an NFL-worst 5.1 yards per carry for the season.
Adams (shoulder) practiced in full Thursday.
Considering his increase in workload the last three games, it's no surprise Adams has been included on Eagles injury reports the last two weeks. During the aforementioned stretch, he's racked up 241 yards from scrimmage and two rushing TDs on 52 touches. Expect Adams to maintain his stranglehold on RB work ahead of Corey Clement and Darren Sproles moving forward.
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