A championship team always needs their "excitement" players: the players you count on when you're down by three with 50 seconds left on the clock. The players you go to when you're up by two touchdowns and ready to break the game loose. The players who get all the face-time in magazines and cards, the ones they make action figures of; the players who are playmakers.
Currently the Seahawks don't have enough exciting play. Sure, there's always Marshawn Lynch and his broken tackles, or Sidney Rice and his deep ball or even Earl Thomas and a pick 6. But how many times does that always happen? For two straight years the FO has been adding on and on to the foundation and base of their schemes, building the trenches as they say. Now, it's time for more excitement, and this is where Joe Adams comes in...
When I first heard of the name Joe Adams, my thought was: Isn't that the name of a president? (It was John Adams, so I was close). Seeing his scouting report I realize that he's a 5'11, 190 pound WR who also run punts and kick returns. He ran a 4.5 40 yard dash in the combine, but has unofficially ran a 4.4. Seeing any similarities yet? How about this guy:
Or this guy:
Now you might be wondering: "Hey Einstein! We already got one of these short but fast and quick WR who also KR/PR!", and I would tell you, yeah, you're right! But Joe Adams isn't just like a Golden Tate or Wes Welker - he's someone else. As Mackenzie Pantoja of NFL Mocks said:
Adams’ best asset must be his yards after the catch ability. Not only is he a great punt returner, but I haven’t seen a receiver accumulate YAC (yards after the catch) at such an alarming rate since, well, my comparison for him, Greg Jennings. Arkansas has a countless number of screen passes designed to get the ball in Adams’ hands and let him do all the work. His yards per catch (16.3) is one of the best in the FBS, but, if you watch his film, you’d realize that he never catches the ball downfield and that his yards per catch is simply a result of his ability to make defenders miss in the open field.
So now, we went from Golden Tate, to Wes Welker, to Greg Jennings, arguably one of the best WR's in the league? It's hard to fathom that, as successful as he is, Jennings is still only 5'11 and faced many of the same concerns that Tate, Welker and Adams have now (mainly about his size), yet has been the most successful out of the three. Would I attribute that to solely to having great yards after catch numbers? Well, I wouldn't say that, but it should raise some eyebrows when you think about it more.
Scheme-wise, I think he would be a perfect fit for Bevell's deep ball/play action offense. It's also important to note that, while Adams may be suited for a traditional west-coast style offense, he still succeeded in Arkansas. It's difficult for someone like Adams to work in a deep route spread-offense like the one Bobby Petrino runs with the Razorbacks, and perhaps even more difficult when your supporting cast is one of the best WR corps in college, with Greg Childs, Jarius Wright or Cobi Hamilton. But he did just that in 2010, leading the team in receiving yards and tied for fourth in TDs. That's a pretty damn good skillset if he could still play in a scheme he's not suited for.
As for his punt returns? Well just watch:
Just like Beast-Mode on Steroids.
I grade Adams as a 4th/5th round acquisition. His makeup is solid and his physical abilities electrifying. Of course, he is still quite raw (shifted from DB to WR in college) and has some struggles with route running, etc. Nevertheless, Adams should be a guy you need to watch out for in the future.
(Note how at 0:54 Adams force the foul by catching the ball as close to defender as he could. Great instincts here.)