The Cincinnati Bengals announced on Sunday that they signed rookie offensive tackle Jeff Adams to the practice squad, filling the team's allotment at this point. Adams, who signed with Dallas an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL draft, was released by the Cowboys during Friday's final cuts. He only played two preseason games. Adams, out of Columbia, was ranked as the No. 14 tackle heading into the 2012 NFL draft and the 183 overall player, according to Scout Inc. They say about him:
On Pass Protection (graded as average)
"Sound hand placement and has the long arms to ride edge rushers past the quarterback once locked on. Did a better job of shuffling feet on film than did the week of the East West Shrine game and late season knee injury has to be taken into consideration. However, average initial quickness and can get beat around the edge. Not a player teams should feel comfortable asking to protect blindside. Struggles to sink hips and top-heavy. Vulnerable to push-pull and speed to power moves. Big and strong enough to anchor against straight bull rush at the level he played at in college but there are concerns about ability to do so at the next level. Impatient and lunges."
On Run Blocking (graded as average)
Footwork is sound and walls off defenders but below average initial pop and doesn't roll hips into blocks. Doesn't drive defenders off the ball. Plays far too high and feet can go dead on contact. Has enough lateral mobility and balance to develop into an effective zone blocker. Takes adequate angles to second level blocks and flashes the ability to cover up linebackers.
The move may also hint at the team's plans when they place Kyle Cook on IR, opening a spot on the 53-man roster. There are several theories, but the dominant one is that Otis Hudson will get the call. And with the team signing Adams to the practice squad, it adds to the speculation.