At this time a year ago, Andrew Adams was considered a long shot to stick on the Giants roster, an undrafted safety from UConn with many bodies ahead of him and much ground to make up.
One year later, the vision Adams has as he puts head to pillow is far different. He wants what he had as a rookie. He wants to retain his starting job at free safety.
“I think about that every night before I go to sleep,’’ Adams told The Post after practice Sunday. “There’s nothing like Sundays and being able to contribute to the team for the better. We have big goals as a team and to be able to contribute to that, it’s just a great feeling.
“I have goals, personal goals and team goals. [Starting] is definitely a goal.’’
Just as he overcame the odds in 2016, Adams will have to do it again in order to maneuver his way back into the starting lineup. He arrived at training camp this summer working with the second-unit defense, with Darian Thompson starting at free safety alongside star strong safety Landon Collins.
This hardly is surprising. Thompson, as a rookie third-round pick from Boise State last year, quickly vaulted up the depth chart and was considered the starter by the second game of the season, when he suffered a foot injury that ended his rookie year. Adams, a member of the practice squad during those first two weeks, made his NFL starting debut Oct. 3 at Minnesota and ended up making 13 starts, providing durability and consistency for an emerging and improving defense.
“I think I need to improve on my anticipation, being able to react quicker to what the offense does, instead…
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