On Tuesday, it was announced that the Buffalo Bills have signed linebacker Tyrell Adams to a one-year deal. Adams, who visitied on Monday, will have a second chance with the Bills after a failed physical in 2017.
An undrafted free agent out of Division II West Georgia in 2015, Adams has played for seven different teams, with multiple stints on three of those squads. This will be his fourth second-stint.
Throughout his career, Adams has served primarily on special teams, seeing very limited time during the regular season. Last season was a bit different, as Adams saw his role with the Houston Texans increase substantially by starting 12 games and finishing with an astonishing 122 tackles and two sacks. That’s a career year, to say the least.
What Adams did last season for a bottom-three ranked defense was exceptional. He defied the odds and turned it into a feel-good story. However, I don’t see Adams repeating that performance and putting up those numbers.
Adams is in a much different situation in Buffalo. On a well-managed and well-coached team with great depth, Adams will have to compete against players like Tyrell Dodson, Tyler Matakevich, and Andre Smith for a backup/reserve spot. And for a defense that rarely substitutes out their two starting linebackers, Tremaine Edmunds and Matt Milano, it would be somewhat shocking to see Adams step on the field at all.
Still, depth is depth, especially when they can produce. With an actual 2021 preseason schedule – unlike last year’s pandemic postponement – maybe Adams will prove he deserves a spot. Who knows? But so far, Brandon Beane has done a phenomenal job building depth this offseason. Adding Adams is a good get for a defense looking to have a bounce-back year after a sluggish start to the 2020 season.
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