Most players take the bye week to let their bodies catch up. Andrew Adams used the time to let his mind do that.
His brief career with the Giants has been such a whirlwind, being elevated from the practice squad in Week 3 and starting the past four games at safety as a rookie, that he never really had time to process it all. So when he went home to Atlanta during last week’s break, he took time to recognize how much his life has changed in just a few short weeks.
The last time he was there he was an undrafted kid out of UConn trying to catch on with a team. He returned as an NFL regular.
“During the bye week you kind of step back and come to the realization that you’re living out your dream,” Adams told Newsday.
Adams said he enjoyed spending time with his family. He got to meet his nephew, who was born earlier in the season, and celebrated his 24th birthday with his parents and other relatives on Oct. 28.
While Adams came home with a different status in pro football, he said he wasn’t treated any differently.
“Family is family, they love you no matter what,” he said. “If you keep your circle tight you have friends who are your friends no matter what. You have to stay levelheaded. Just stay grounded.”
Now Adams is back with the Giants. But so are the injured safeties whose inactivity led to his promotion in the first place. Darian Thompson is overcoming his foot injury and Nat Berhe was practicing on Wednesday. Back to the bench for Adams?
Not so fast. Both Thompson and Berhe were limited and Adams said he took first-team reps in Wednesday’s practice.
“I don’t know what’s going to happen in the game,” Adams said. “I’m still taking reps in practice. Whatever I’m called to do that’s what I’m going to do and I’ll do it at the highest level.”