New York Giants safety Andrew Adams is one of the 10 best rookies in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus. If you saw that coming before the season began, you’re either lying or you descended from the same lineage as Miss Cleo.
Adams, an undrafted free agent out of UConn, started the year on the practice squad. He was thrust into a starting role in Week 4 when safeties Nat Berhe and Darian Thompson (now on season-ending IR) were sidelined with injuries. His chief responsibility: avoid becoming a liability and hold down the fort until they returned.
Instead, he’s flourished. Even if Thompson and Berhe were healthy, Adams has made a strong case to retain the starting job.
Eli Apple and Sterling Shepard looked like the Giants’ most promising plug-and-play rookies to start, but it’s been Adams, the least likeliest candidate, who’s been the most consistent contributor. That’s no affront on either of them, Shepard in particular, but a credit to Adams week-to-week progression.
Check out what PFF had to say about Adams, and view the full list of Top 10 NFL rookies below.
Another newcomer, Andrew Adams may not be a familiar name to some, considering he was undrafted out of Connecticut and has only been starting since Week 4. Since then, though, he has earned the ninth-highest grade among safeties over that span, and is doing it against both the run and pass. For the season, Adams has allowed only five of his 10 targets for 48 yards, and has been a huge part of the Giants’ defensive turnaround.
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