This is a closer look at Buffalo Bills undrafted free agent signing, offensive tackle Trey Adams.
The addition of Trey Adams by the Buffalo Bills may be the most newsworthy among the undrafted free agents signed this offseason. The former University of Washington offensive tackle at one time was considered one of the top tackle prospects in college football.
However, injuries took a toll on Adams and he saw his draft stock drop due to an ACL injury in 2017 and a back injury in 2018. Let’s take a closer look at one of the newest Buffalo Bills.
College: University of Washington
Weight: 318 pounds
Trey Adams got plenty of work at left tackle over his collegiate career with the Huskies. As a true freshman, Adams started nine games at the position and earned All-Pac-12 First Team honors. He would go on to start every game at the position in 2016 and seven games in 2017 but missed the remainder of the season due to an ACL injury.
He returned in 2018 after missing the first 10 games due to a back injury and started at left tackle in the Pac-12 Championship Game and the Rose Bowl. In his final year at the University of Washington he would once again start every game at left tackle and earn his second All-Pac-12 First Team spot.
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What the Experts Say
"He has talent at a priority position, but if he doesn’t get stronger and play much better than his 2019 tape, it will be hard for him to keep a starting job for long."
"Washington offensive tackle Trey Adams was one of the most exciting blockers in the country but serious injuries in 2017 and 2018 have taken their toll on him and his athletic profile is truly underwhelming. While there are positives in Adams’ recovery in that he played every game in 2019, his lack of core strength and foot speed presents considerable challenges in forecasting him to the next level. Adams will likely need some time to develop, add strength and see how more time can improve his mobility. Adams is a modest developmental prospect in a gap power scheme with west coast concepts where he can take advantage of quick sets and avoid deeper pass sets."
This tweet from Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller shows just how much injuries impacted Trey Adams stock over the past few years.
How would he fit with the Buffalo Bills?
There is no question that the Buffalo Bills coaching staff is going to need to be patient with Trey Adams. However, with a little bit of luck they could get a starting offensive tackle in a few years.
While Adams did start every game last year at the University of Washington, the coaching staff and the strength and conditioning staff should focus primarily on working with Adams to get his strength back after the injuries he has had.
The Buffalo Bills took a similar approach with Willis McGahee years ago by sitting him his entire rookie season. While the investment was vastly different, if the coaching staff gives him time to fully recover, he could be a contributor down the road.