Job Battles: Adams Arrives
Job Battles: Adams Arrives

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Running backs

Josh Adams vs. Corey Clement, PHI

I was surprised but heartened to see the Eagles give Adams a true workhorse rushing workload against the Giants on Sunday, because I'm a fan of him as a prospect. Doug Pederson wouldn't even give Jay Ajayi 20-carry workloads, yet Allen made it to 22 carries while running for 84 yards and a touchdown on 40 snaps. Clement was productive off the bench, but he played only 24 snaps to Adams' 40. Wendell Smallwood is all but out of the picture with just one snap in that game.

Following the game, Pederson only expressed further intention to give Adams touches. We'll see how that works exactly – Adams hasn't been useful as a receiver and his workload might be capped as a result despite Pederson's intentions – but for now weekly 20-carry workloads seem closer to probable than plausible for the rookie. An explosive runner at Notre Dame with standout top speed, Adams is a slippery runner for his size but could use a more dense build at 6-foot-2. In the meantime, though, it appears the Eagles are short enough on alternatives that the detail just doesn't matter much, even though it played a large role in his going undrafted.

The one worry I have for Adams is that his lack of pass-catching production might leave him game-script dependent, making him something like a Jordan Howard presence in the offense. That might not matter, particularly if Carson Wentz gets his game

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