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Roster profile: Will Andrew Adams get a full chance in 2018?

Adams didn’t get a real opportunity in 2017

NFL: New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals
Andrew Adams
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It is time once again to begin our breakdown of the players the New York Giants will bring to training camp this summer. We go alphabetically, which means that our series of 90-man roster profiles begins with safety Andrew Adams.

The basics

Age: 25
Position: Safety
Experience: 2
Height: 5-foot-11
Weight: 202

2017 season in review

In 2016, as an undrafted rookie, Adams was better than anticipated after stepping in when injuries KO’d Darian Thompson and Nat Berhe. He ended up starting 13 games.

With Thompson healthy in 2017, Adams was mostly overlooked. Even with Thompson struggling much of the year Adams never really got an opportunity to supplant the 2016 third-round pick. His snaps played dropped from 747 in 2016 to 274 a season ago.

Adams was a core special-teamer, playing a team-high 316 special teams snaps.

2018 outlook

That depends. Is the new coaching staff going to give Adams a chance that Steve Spagnuolo and Ben McAdoo would not? That being the opportunity to actually compete with Thompson for the safety spot opposite Landon Collins.

In my view, he deserves the chance. Adams was better in 2016 than Thompson was in 2017. Even last season, Pro Football Focus gave Adams a 70.1 grade in his limited snaps, while Thompson scored only a 52.2. This seemed like a classic case of a drafted player getting snaps while his undrafted teammate had to wait.

Will that change with a new regime? We’ll see.