Philadelphia Eagles: Josh Adams could be next Corey Clement for offense

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As the Philadelphia Eagles continue to prepare for roster cuts this weekend, Josh Adams is one player worth monitoring.

It’s hard to believe that in officially one week, the Philadelphia Eagles will begin their journey as defending Super Bowl champions with an opening night matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. But before jumping that far ahead, the Eagles are focused on one last game of the preseason against the New York Jets.

For most players that already know their fate when it comes to roster spots, Thursday’s game will be viewed by many as one final attempt to prove to Philadelphia they deserve to be part of the action for the regular season.

From players selected in April’s draft to the ones that were signed as undrafted free agents, the Eagles have a handful of players looking to make an impact during the 2018 season, one of which happens to be Josh Adams.

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After failing to be selected in April, the former Notre Dame star signed with the defending champions in the middle of May to compete for one of the running back spots, although the odds seemed like a long shot at first.

Thanks to a trio of running backs last season consisting of LeGarrette Blount, Jay Ajayi, and Corey Clement, this backfield was one of the main reasons why Philadelphia was able to put together their epic run the way they did. And even though Blount is no longer in the picture, the offense seems to be in great shape with Ajayi and Clement along with Darren Sproles returning to full strength.

All of this taken into consideration makes it seem even more difficult for someone like Adams to make a strong enough case to earn one of the roster spots for the Eagles.

But also, when looking at the kind of training camp and preseason Adams has put together, Philadelphia is smart enough to realize special talent when they see it, and this situation sounds a little too familiar from a  year ago when the team was deciding on Clement.

Just like Adams, Clement joined the team as an undrafted free agent, and went from being a long shot to make the roster to ending up playing a significant role in the team going on to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

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Clearly, Adams has a long way to go to reach the kind of impact level as Clement, but also the Eagles are aware they’ll never find out what he’s capable of if he’s not on the roster. Plus, if Adams were to end up earning a spot on the 53-man roster, Doug Pederson and his approach from last year of riding the hot hand in the backfield would most likely find a way to use the rookie during the 2018 season.