The New York Jets have signed former Philadelphia Eagles running back Josh Adams to their active roster from their practice squad.
The New York Jets 1-7 squad has done some minor roster shuffling, as Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports via Twitter.
Running back Josh Adams has been signed to the active roster. He has been on the team’s practice squad all season.
Jets are signing RB Josh Adams to the active roster, I’m told
— Manish Mehta (@MMehtaSports) November 5, 2019
Adams signed with the Philadelphia Eagles, the team general manager Joe Douglas worked for last season, as an undrafted free agent after the 2018 NFL Draft. He started the season on the practice squad before being promoted in the middle of September, and he went on to lead the team with 511 rushing yards.
Le’Veon Bell had an MRI on his knee on Monday, so there was initial concern that Bell would miss time. However, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports that the decision has to do with another team being interested in Adams and the Jets not wanting to lose him.
Try this again: #Jets are promoting RB Josh Adams to the active roster, as @MMehtaNYDN reported. Again, this has to do with another team trying to steal Adams away.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) November 5, 2019
Adams was signed to the Jets practice squad after being cut by the Eagles at the end of training camp. This is now the second season in a row that Adams has impressed Joe Douglas to earn a call-up from the practice squad of a team he works for, so clearly Douglas sees something in the Notre Dame product.
Adams appeared in 14 games for the Eagles last season, starting five of them. In addition to his 511 rushing yards, he added seven receptions for 58 yards and reached the end zone three times, all on the ground.
Should Bell be healthy and ready to play against the New York Giants (Sun, 1 p.m. ET, FOX), Adams’s path to playing time will be difficult. In fact, it’s entirely possible Adams will be inactive if Bell is ready to go.
But the fact that Douglas decided to create a roster spot rather than lose Adams speaks to how he views him and Adams’s chances to play a role on the team going forward.