Alright, Detroit Lions fans. It’s second wave time. The Lions appear to be done with the big splash signings they were making in the first week of free agency. Now it’s all about good depth and signing players that were square pegs elsewhere, but could possibly thrive in the Lions system.
Which brings us to Andrew Adams. The young safety has bounced around the league a little since coming in undrafted in 2016. He’s spent time with both the Giants and Buccaneers. It was his 2018 season in which he notched nine pass deflections and four interceptions that gained him some notoriety here in free agency.
With Glover Quin gone, the Lions need some help at safety alongside second-year Tracy Walker and a Quandre Diggs who is still new to the position. Adams could wind up getting some serious playing time. He may even wind up being a starter. Don’t just take it from me, though. We asked Gil Arcia of Bucs Nation for his thoughts on Adams. Here’s what he had to say.
POD: What are your thoughts on Adams time in Tampa Bay?
BN: “Adams’ time in Tampa Bay was very brief. He was signed in late September as an added piece for depth on a unit that saw lots of injuries. His three-interception game against Carolina made him an instant fan favorite and many thought he’d stick around but the Buccaneers felt his tender was not worth the price.”
POD: What are his strengths?
BN: “Adams has a good work ethic. For originally an undrafted free agent safety I think he was instinctive given his lack of playing time in Tampa Bay. Granted, his instincts are not one that say a high end starting caliber safety would have, but still very serviceable.”
POD: What are his weaknesses?
BN: “I’d say his weakness is lack of versatility. The Bucs tried moving him around in the defensive backfield and that didn’t turn out well. He struggled in the box at times against the run.”
POD: What kind of an impact should Lions fans expect Adams to have?
BN: “After starting almost every game his rookie season in New York, Adams hasn’t been a consistent starter since. But he may be back to potentially starting in Detroit and I’d understand why. The Lions are getting a hard working young player still out there proving his doubters wrong. He certainly has potential to make some kind of an impact under Patricia’s defense.”
There’s going to be a lot of questions about what Adams can do for the Lions going forward. The belief right now has to be that he’s going to be a solid depth player, but it sounds like the Lions have themselves a players that’s going to work hard to surpass that in Andrew Adams.