Josh Adams – Running Back
Josh Adams fell victim to a crowded running back room with the Philadelphia Eagles, but he also did not help himself with a poor performance during the preseason. Adams led the Eagles with 17 carries, but only gained 27 yards and scored one touchdown. He also caught six passes for 50 yards.
Adams was the leading rusher for the Eagles last season in his rookie year, rushing for 511 yards and three touchdowns on 120 carries. He did not have much impact in the passing game, catching only seven passes for 58 yards.
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There are limitations in Adams’ abilities, mostly as a receiver and his pass blocking. However, his ability in the passing game during the preseason was mildly surprising.
Adams would make sense for the Browns if they are not completely comfortable with D’Ernest Johnson as their third running back to start the season. However, Johnson showed he could be an effective runner during the preseason, as well as providing help in the passing game and special teams.
With Dontrell Hilliard establishing himself as the No. 2 running back, unless they feel Adams can provide something on special teams, it would not make much sense to add a player like Adams.
But if they want a player who has proven he can make plays running the ball during the regular season, it may be worth taking a look at Adams. He would be able to spell Nick Chubb for some carries and provide the Browns offense with an ability to gain chunk yards.
If the Browns feel they need to add a running back who has proven he can run the football against NFL defenses while Kareem Hunt is suspended, Adams could be their best option. The biggest question about potentially adding Adams is if he could provide anything on special teams or as a receiver out of the backfield.