NEW ORLEANS – On a day when not much went right for the Eagles, rookie running back Josh Adams was a lone bright spot for the team.
Adams rushed for 53 yards on seven carries, added 19 receiving yards, and provided the only touchdown of the game for the Eagles, a 28-yard scamper which brought the Eagles to within 10 points at the time.
The Saints went on to a 48-7 blowout win, and while Adams was excited to score his first career NFL touchdown, the team's overall disappointing performance overshadowed any individual success.
"I was excited. Obviously, it's the first one, so I'm blessed and grateful for that. It's just hard to think about that," Adams said. "I'm doing it to put my team in the best position to win and we didn't get that done, so I've just got to do more."
Adams, an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame, has fought his way onto the active roster, and his role in the offense has increased seemingly in every game. Through hard work and perseverance, Adams was able to find the end zone for the first time in the NFL.
"It was just one of our normal staple plays, something we've been running all game, just staying patient though and trusting it and waiting for something to open up," said Adams, who kept the ball from his first NFL score as a keepsake.
The Eagles' opportunities to run the ball diminished as the score grew more lopsided, which limited Adams to just seven carries. But even as the circumstances of the game continued to change, Adams stayed ready, just as he has all season long, for whenever his opportunity came.
"(I was) just staying focused and staying ready, trying to get back out there and continue to push forward and get the ball into the end zone," Adams said. "I don't think anybody wavered for a second. We just have to be better."
With six games remaining on the Eagles' schedule, time will tell just how much of the workload Adams will see. As of now, it appears as if the Central Bucks South grad will be the leading back as the Eagles look to get back on track.
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