We are currently making our way through the Miami Dolphins' 90-man offseason roster, breaking down last season for each player, as well as what could happen this year. Today, we continue today with a look at tackle Jeff Adams.
Adams is a giant. He's 6'7", but he's got to continue to add muscle mass, as he's only 305 pounds. To put that into perspective, Tyson Clabo, with whom Adams' was compared coming out of Columbia as a draft prospect last year, is 6'6", 329 pounds.
Adams started his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Dallas Cowboys, but was cut in the final roster reductions at the end of the preseason. He then signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a member of their practice squad. He stayed with the Bengals until November, when he was released, and signed with the Dolphins' as a member of the practice squad.
Adams is seen as a developmental project, and could become a decent tackle once he adds the muscle and gets used to the NFL game.
Why he could improve in 2013:
Adams now has a year of experience under his belt, which will, of course, help in his development - even if it's just a year on the practice squad. Adams is projected as a fit to the zone blocking scheme, which the Dolphins run. He can also now learn from his new teammate, Clabo, which should help him a lot.
Why he could regress in 2013:
He's a practice squad player. He could never develop into an NFL player, probably easier than he could turn into an NFL player.
Odds he will make the 53-man roster:
Slim to none. Adams will have to prove that he developed a lot over the past year to have a shot at the 53-man roster. It's a tough climb, given the Dolphins have Clabo, Jonathan Martin, Will Yeatman, and Dallas Thomas all ahead of him. Adams should be looking to land on the practice squad again, giving him another year to develop as a player.