Josh Adams could change the Eagles’ entire offseason
Until Josh Adams showed signs of life in Jacksonville, the Eagles thought they would have to role with a backfield of mainly Wendell Smallwood and Corey Clement. I’m sure if you asked them then what they thought about Josh Adams back then, they would’ve said they liked his talent but he can’t lead the backfield yet. Now, everything has changed.
Adams really showed promising signs in the Eagles 25-22 win against the New York Giants, where he ran for 84 yards and a TD, and that is not even including a 50+ yard TD run that he had in which it was called back. Deuce Staley and co. had agreed for a few weeks that Josh Adams should be the lead running back, but it never really came into fruition until Adams had his breakout game against NYG.
With the season really on the line on MNF against the Redskins, the Birds put a lot of faith in Adams giving him 20 carries, and he did not disappoint. With 85 yards good for 4.25 YPC, Adams proved once again the Eagles showing faith in him was a blessing in disguise.
What does this mean for the Eagles offseason? There is virtually no chance of them re-signing Jay Ajayi after a torn ACL ended his season, so they will need a solid running back to pair with Wentz who will be going into his 4th season. Can the Eagles rely on Adams? There are free agents like Le’Veon Bell and Tevin Coleman, and draft prospects like Bryce Love the Eagles can target, but all at a hefty price. If Adams continues to play at this rate, he can really leave Howie Roseman with no choice into believing that a running back is not the offseason’s #1 priority as we previously thought.
Report by Jack Margolin