Undrafted running back Josh Adams returns to the New York Jets after averaging over five yards a carry last season.
New York Jets fans might not have to throw out their “J. Adams” jerseys just yet.
The team confirmed that they will be bringing back 24-year-old running back Josh Adams on a new contract. Adams tallied 157 yards on 29 carries last season, including two scores.
Josh Adams is back in Green & White! ✈#TakeFlight
— New York Jets (@nyjets) March 17, 2021
Undrafted out of Notre Dame, Adams previously worked with current Jets general manager Joe Douglas during a shared season in 2018, when the former put up 511 yards and three scores, good enough to earn the team’s leading rushing honors.
He was picked up by the Jets shortly before the start of the 2019 season after he was part of the Eagles’ final training camp cuts.
Adams took on an expanded green opportunity when Frank Gore and La’mical Perine were lost due to injuries after Le’Veon Bell‘s early ousting. He would bookend his seasons with scoring runs in the first and final weeks of the season, the latter being the Jets’ final touchdown of the 2020-21 campaign.
Adams and in-season pick-up Ty Johnson notably united for 175 yards (Adams with 74) during a December loss to Las Vegas.
The Jets have now welcomed back four free agents, previously bringing in Adams’ offensive cohorts Jeff Smith and Vyncint Smith, as well as franchise tagging Marcus Maye.
Their rushing situation could be dominated by youth next season. Adams and under-contract rushers Perine and Johnson are all younger than 25 while Gore is up for free agency.
Geoff Magliocchetti is on Twitter @GeoffJMags