The New York Giants camp has been buzzing with the arrival of this year’s draft class. In a short talk, their 6th round pick Jerell Adams spoke about his personal expectations of his play and his ability to be a big contributor to a Giant’s offense in need of some more depth and blocking ability at the TE spot.
“Yes sir, I feel like I am a pretty good blocker,” Adams said. “There is always room for improvement, so I feel like coming here and working on my blocking and catching, I can have a big role on this Giants offense.”
Following the release of TE Jerome Cunningham, Adams will acquire more reps to make his mark in off-season workouts. Adams will even have a chance to show off his skills on special teams, a spot he has some experience with during his time at South Carolina.
“Our(South Carolina) special team wasn’t doing that great,” Adams said. “And in the meeting room [coach] asked a couple guys that if we wanted to, we could come on the field and volunteer. I was one of the guys that stepped up and played my part on special teams.”
Adams’ game speaks volumes of his commitment to a team. Stepping up to play a role in an important, although not particularly glamorous, part of the game is something coaches look for in young players. A personality like that can command respect in a locker room.
“Special teams plays a big part on the team,” Adams said. “Special teams sometimes determines whether you win a game or lose a game, so I kind of take that too the offense, the motivation, to the offensive side of the ball.”
It remains to be seen if Adams will become a popular target for Eli Manning come the regular season, but he will certainly keep Will Tye and Larry Donnell on their toes. Competition at any position on a team can drive players towards greater heights.