Jerell Adams was an afterthought for the New York Giants in 2017, a casualty of a concerted effort by the organization to upgrade the production from the position he plays — tight end. What is in store for Adams in 2018? Let’s take a look as we continue our player-by-player profiles of the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
Position: Tight end
2017 season in review
The Giants drafted Evan Engram in the first round (23rd overall) in 2017. They signed blocking tight end Rhett Ellison as a free agent. That pushed 2016 starter Will Tye out the door, and pushed Adams into the background.
Adams caught only 8 passes in 11 targets while playing only 16 percent of the Giants’ offensive snaps.
Can Adams catch the eye of the team’s new coaching staff and force his way into expanded playing time?
Since his arrival in 2016 as a sixth-round pick, Adams has always seemed like the most complete tight end on the roster. He has elite measurables for the tight end position, and came into the league with a reputation as a quality blocker and a player who could be a vertical threat in the passing game from the tight end position.
There is still time for Adams to become an impact player. Engram will, of course, be the primary tight end. Ellison is solid, and proved to be a better receiver than his time with the Minnesota Vikings had indicated. Kyle Carter, awarded to the Giants on waivers from the Vikings, could also push for a role.
Adams’ challenge is to finally turn all of his tools into production and convince Pat Shurmur and Mike Shula to find a place for him.